How do you plan on continuing and growing the downtown Renaissance?
Madden: Replace the Uncle Sam statue with a giant statue of Copernicus.
Wiltshire: Hold hearings on who erected the giant statue of Copernicus and how to prevent it in the future.
Gordon: Who is Copernicus?
Cox: Make everyone wear pantaloons!
Everett: Who took my pantaloons?
In half seriousness, a synopsis:
Jack B Cox, Jr
The first thing I will do is to make Troy a more business friendly environment. Many wonderful projects have been lost due to inappropriate political and personal behavior in our planning and zoning departments.* As a student of Civil Engineering,** land development is my passion. If there is one department I will be extremely hands on with when elected, it will be planning and zoning department.
The rebirth of our downtown is at a point of being, for the most part, self staining,*** but does require support and nurturing of the government.
Working with the BID and truly partnering with them for both marketing and services. We need to encourage more local entrepreneurship as well as seeking outside interest.****
I feel what's happening downtown is fantastic in many ways but we could always be better. There are a few high-crime spots that deter growth in certain sections... and I feel a safer downtown will bring in even more business. Creating a lasting and useful riverfront is also a priority as we would attract new businesses and residents who in turn, invest in our city. I'd also like to partner with the BID to use them as an example for both South Troy and Lansingburgh to foster economic growth in ALL of Troy, not just downtown.*****
The downtown renaissance is stunning. I think we are all thrilled and amazed. A resilient, vibrant and diverse downtown core is a prerequisite of any great City. This is an important and significant accomplishment. Despite the momentum, however, the City still has an important role in the continued development of the downtown. Several crucial tasks remain, including:
Development of 1 Monument Square. This is a vital location sitting on the riverfront in the heart of the downtown. Whereas a few years ago we may have been desperate to get any reasonable development on the site I think this is no longer the case. The interest in our downtown gives us the luxury of taking our time to get it right as opposed to getting it fast.****** The City should ensure that any proposed project aligns with our architecture, our desired access to the riverfront and the growing vibrancy of the neighborhood.
* Cox refers, of course, to the infamous Zoning Board purple nurple debacle.
** Is Cox an engineer or just a student of engineering?
*** Self staining but not self-cleaning
**** Outside interest includes but is not limited to stamp collecting, curling and Jarts.
***** How come I don't get an asterisk?
****** Pay attention ladies, Madden respects foreplay.