CR Flood Meeting 3 of 8


By Daren Sukhram

CEDAR RAPIDS - Tuesday the city listened to the people of Cedar Rapids about what they want the city to look like after the flood.

This was the third of eight meetings.

The focus is on three areas: the northern section which includes Time Check and the Taylor area, the downtown medical district includes businesses and the hospitals, and the southern area with Czech Village and Rompot.

Anna Atkins says the historic Time Check neighborhood is a big strength to the North Area.

Atkins lived near Taylor Elementary, also in the north zone, and she's staying in touch because she's rebuilding her home and coming back.

"I still do a whole bunch in my neighborhood especially since my son will be going to Taylor when it reopens," said Atkins.

Each area is Identifying their communities unique strengths. From those strengths they want to help create new opportunities for their neighborhoods.

Atkins says Taylor Elementary is another big plus for the community, "and the walking distances I can go to the store and in a hop skip and a jump go do my laundry."

Community Development Director Christine Buterfield, "These area meetings provide a more focused discussion on the issues, the opportunities, community concerns so they can feed into ultimately actions plans."

Everything that's discussed Tuesday will spill over into the next meeting.

Atkins says she could have left the area after the flood, but decided she's not going anywhere.

More than 300 people attended the meeting. The next area workshop is February 24th at the Crowne Plaza hotel from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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