I previously started a program within an assisted living home, the Intergenerational Arts Initiative, which employed artists to teach workshops to children in our community and residents of the assisted living home together. I am looking to expand this program to recreation centers throughout Lafayette. Empowering the elderly within this community to find value within themselves and allowing them to engage with children in a teaching and play-based atmosphere will bring value to the citizens as a whole.
What will you do to move more public resources to repairing and improving roads and other infrastructure in our district?
We have to assess our tax structure and allocation tables. We must carefully assess the building of any new roads considering our inability to maintain what we have in place.
How will you promote sustainable economic development on Lafayette’s Northside without inviting gentrification?
We have to utilize the infrastructure and open space we have to invite higher income earning individuals and families to move here in order to raise the average income level and make it financially beneficial for businesses to open and succeed. We must improve our public schools, enforce blight codes, reduce crime, and rebrand the Northside of Lafayette. We have to empower our community leaders and work with our faith-based community and non-profit agencies to accomplish this holistically. When we do this, demand will rise and supply will come.
How will you expand access in our district to vital community services like healthcare, good housing and healthy food?
Engaging LEDA, the health unit, and community development to create a process for business owners in these arenas to follow in order to make these options more easily accessible. We must also utilize all means of communication in order to be certain the information about healthcare, housing, and health are easily available to everyone.
How will you address blight, particularly widespread litter, the abundance of abandoned homes and adjudicated properties on Lafayette’s Northside?
We must revive the Redevelopment Authority and combine programs that solve these issues under one department. We must invest in jobs in code enforcement and evaluate the process from phone call to clean up. Above all, we need to address all influencers of poverty and hopelessness that are a direct cause of these issues.
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