LaVergne is one of the fastest growing cities in the state. Raise your hand if you’re surprised! Read the article from the Daily News Journal right here.
Of course, with increased residents we should have increased city revenue. The last go-round (I heard), the city’s budget planner needed more time to flesh out what the proposed tax increase would be spent on. Alderwoman Senna Mosely rightly requested to know exactly what road projects were being funded by the increase.
We know that as far as the city design goes, the cow has left the barn and she won’t be herded back in. However, there are plenty of positive projects currently underway to remedy some of our infrastructure challenges. Traffic lights are being installed, sidewalks are being built, and roads are being widened. The county is opening a much needed elementary school this fall.
But I’d still like to see the city more proactive in setting up a beautification committee (we already have a couple of volunteers – are you listening LaV?). Anyone who drives in any part of this town knows that we’re a giant warehouse, industrial town, concrete slabbed guppyville, so some greenery would certainly not hurt. I can picture trees in the medians (not where people are turning because we don’t want to block views), and flowers where there are no trees. How about some park benches? Use some planter boxes on the sidewalks outside of businesses. Write for grant money to upgrade to nicer street lights. Here are some ideas:
Okay, that one is highly unlikely. How about these?
I guess it would keeping with a certain theme… like the lights at the fireworks place.
This is the most realistic:
I think having these every quarter mile or so lining the main roads would be very pretty. Plus we could plant trees in between them (again not blocking traffic, but just adding some greenery). The nursery capital of the world is down the road from LaVergne in McMinnville and maybe those owners would donate trees or other landscaping materials to the city rather than throwing them out when its time for new stock to be planted. Maybe our own nurseries around here would do the same. Arbor Day is the first Friday in March in Tennessee, so we’d have plenty of time to get a tree-planting organized!
What say you, LaVergne? Are you interested in structuring a Beautification Committee? If any readers are interested in signing up, please comment (or shoot me an email: lavergneblog at gmail dot com) and we can put together a list to submit to the city.