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Visioning Process Invites Your Involvement

“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18

Vision and strategy are both important to any successful endeavor. There is a priority to them: VISION always comes first. Always!  With a clear vision, the right strategy will emerge.  Without a clear vision, the best strategy will not overcome lack of direction.

Tucson has had several individuals and groups articulate their hopes and dreams for our city.  Tucsonans have traditionally been resistant to adopting any strategic long-term plan that anticipates future growth.  For the last 50 years, maybe longer, Tucson has reacted to growth and applied bandages here and there to try to accommodate for lack of leadership and foresight.  We have traditionally built on the cheap and then tried to retrofit roads, housing development, sewage treatment, open space and other needs as the city continued to add people.  For example, Broadway Blvd was paved over 50 years ago – without sidewalks.  Only within the past few months are we going back and installing sidewalks.  It would have been much more cost effective to plan that if we paved a major street, people will want to walk along that street.

Our metro area has over a million people.  It is projected that we will have another million people moving to Tucson within the next 25 years.  Let that soak in for a moment.  Without a shared, comprehensive vision for our city now, we will only pay more in the future as people demand city services.

While this should be self-evident, vision is not the magic bullet that solves all our citie’s ills. As in any significant accomplishment, there will be unforeseen struggles and obstacles to overcome in implementing the vision.  But a shared vision is preferable to sticking our head in the sand and hoping things will work out. Nothing will happen without a vision. Nothing gets created, manifested, built, or moved forward without a vision of our preferred future.

There is good news. A broad cross-section of the citie’s population, has begun a visioning process called Imagine Greater Tucson. The process will take several years and thousands of people to develop a vision of what Tucson will become 25 years from now.  Every Tucsonan is encouraged to voice their opinions and dreams for the future of our city. What a great opportunity!  What our city is now, most of us have inherited. Our problems may not be our fault, but they are our responsibility.

There will be many opportunities to get involved as Imagine Greater Tucson rolls out in the first quarter of 2010. The website will be up soon and we will continue to give you updates.
There is a state-wide project that is seeking your input now called, The Arizona We Want.  You may go to the website and fill out their poll and see how your answers compare to those other Arizonans.  The Gallup Arizona Poll can be found at  www.thearizonawewant.org.

Arizona in general and Tucson specifically will either be pulled toward an inspired vision of the future or pushed toward a patchwork of expensive and ineffective Band-Aids.  There is a huge difference in each of these paths.  We invite you to get involved in shaping Tucson’s future and taking responsibility for the Tucson we pass on to our grandchildren.

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March 2, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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