Newly elected Fort Wayne City Councilwoman Sharon Tucker made a plea for seeing the city's southeast side as "a blank canvas" ready for development while speaking Monday at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Fort Wayne.
Residents who live on the southeast side are like those in any other part of the city. "They want an improved quality of life," she said.
But on southeast side, that can mean things that other areas take for granted. Sit-down and casual-dining restaurants. A grocery store. A pharmacy. Walkways and bikeways. Market- rate and family-owned homes.
And, speaking for herself – a good cup of coffee. Residents have to drive to downtown to find a place where they can sit down and enjoy one, she pointed out.
Tucker spoke to introduce the about 80 Rotarians in attendance to a new effort to revive the neighborhood spearheaded by Southeast Area Partnership.
The partnership is updating a strategy laid out in a 2007 report, recently hosting community meetings led by a city consultant, YARD and Company, to gather residents' ideas, she said.
Areas identified where improvements would be welcomed – around the former Southtown Mall near the Walmart and Menards, Pontiac Street and McKinnie Avenue and South Anthony Boulevard, she said.