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Answered: Our readers’ neighborhood project wish-lists

From public safety measures to community gardens, here are KCtoday readers’ top priorities when fostering pride in place.

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We sure do love this place. | Photo by @mikedayphotography

Photo by @mikedayphotography

With the Neighborhood Empowerment Grant‘s latest round of funding up for grabs, we asked readers what projects they’d hypothetically spend the money on.

It was a pretty even split between public safety and crime reduction + quality of life enhancements:

“Buy the lots behind our neighborhood so no apartment complexes would go up + result in the removal of trees and wildlife habitats.” — Diane H.

“Public areas like parks and cleanup that will improve property values.” — Phil E.

“Pocket parks.” — Ryan J.

“Street lights, crime watch neighborhood signs, more patrols.” — Marie

“More police presence and patrol of the neighborhood.” — Pam T.

That said, nothing topped KCtoday reader’s community wishlists like... wait for it.... sidewalk repairs.

Over 50% of participants bemoaned the state of their community walkways. That sounds like the perfect project to pitch for grant funding, just saying.