ALTON | What makes a community a great place to live?
Greg Brumitt of “The City with a View” initiative believes he has found the answer and is looking to share his findings during “The Culture Factor: Creating Quality of Life in Emerging Communities” on June 25. The event begins at 7 p.m. at Jacoby Arts Center.
Brumitt has played a leading role in making towns such as Ashville, N.C. and Dayton, Ohio into a more livable, vibrant community. Today, Dayton is recognized as one of the Midwest’s most bike-friendly cities and features a LEED-certified commuter bike hub supporting the largest regional bike network in the country, thanks to Brumitt’s efforts.
The avid cyclist and kayaker, who is from the Metro East has come back to his roots and wants to share his views of the amazing potential Alton has in its grasps.
“I’ve seen firsthand what it takes to revitalize an area,” he said. “When people take pride in their community and get excited, they realize all the potential their neighborhood has. Connecting the dots and communicating the vision is how to get the ball rolling; the network gets energized.”
Brumitt believes that a big step in the right direction is seeing how the community feels about itself. How the people feel about their neighborhood feeds into how it is perceived in surrounding areas.
“When people look to move into a new neighborhood, they consider the quality of life,” Brumitt said. “To revitalize a town, people must be attracted to it. A town has to be made into a location that people will be excited about and a place they want to live.”
Realizing resources is another rung on the ladder to success for building a desirable community.
“Alton has a lot of land in the area that is usable for the people,” Brumitt said. “Outdoor space for community gatherings, events and attractions are so important. Alton has a good stock of affordable housing and buildings to bring new businesses in. The Riverbend area has the outdoor building blocks and locations to really get a good head start on revitalization.”
The public is invited to attend the presentation at 627 E. Broadway in Alton. Brumitt will be available to answer questions and encourages the community to consider the possibilities that Alton has to offer.