I recently heard (on the radio program “Smart City”) an interesting conversation concerning “Places” in a City, especially as it relates to establishing a community identity.
Although the speaker was using it in a different context, he noted that to establish "community", a City needs places for people to “find” each other and “see and be seen” to expereince what it is to be a resident. Such “places” may be schools, restaurants, parks, recreational facilities, etc. Recent such places in Lakeland would appear to be Lakeland elementary, Crackerbarrel, various City parks and, perhaps, the possible Starbucks etc.
There will be some important decisions on facilities which will establish “community” in the near future. This will include development of several parks (Windward Slopes Park, other parks, possible athletic fields etc.) in the near future and other public facilities in the next several years.
The Board of Commissioners, Municipal Planning Commission, Design Review Commission, Economic Development Commission and Park Board/Natural Resource Board would like to hear your comments on proposed developments.
I encourage all residents to “let your voice be heard” and comment on proposed developments. These facilities are literally shaping our Lakeland community and identity and how we will relate to other residents.