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What Would You Improve in Rochester and Rochester Hills in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for our hometowns, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Rochester and Rochester Hills to make it an even better place to live?

More focus from our local leaders on economic development? On environmental or human rights concerns? What changes would you like to see come to our schools? 

Are there restaurants or businesses you would like to see come to town? What do you want to see happen to some of the vacant buildings? 

What is on your wish list? Tell us in the comments below and join the conversation!

Christopher January 07, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Went down Saturday night after dinner for a drink, found a great spot on Main on the second pass. Anecdotal, yes. I keep trying to think of a nice way to say this, but I can't. All those cars, where other people downtown eating, drinking and shopping. It's a great sign for the merchants.
Christopher January 07, 2013 at 07:09 PM
I just don't think someone wanting to go out for dinner in downtown Rochester wants to park 2 miles away and ride a bus.
Christopher January 07, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Nothing ruins a good walk downtown like a diesel smoke belch from a bus.
Christopher January 07, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Well said. And as a follow-up to all those who complain, I never seem to have a problem finding a parking spot at any of the valet stands at some of our best restaurants.
Patricia January 07, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Just a quick look back and forward on our Main St.-- speaking as a taxpayer resident-the barrels are gone, the extra taping off is gone, the additional waste receptacles are gone and that were needed during the Big Bright Light Show--our Main St. looks pretty neat and clean--I think waiting until everything is planted is a good idea--the benches are needed for those that need to sit and catch their breath as well as for others to finish a coffee or wait for someone-but if we say sitting is bad due to traffic noise and exhaust then we should also question all the outdoor dining. From what I know and saw, that has been a "thumbs up" on our Main St. if that can work, so can our new designs. People just have to get use to the "new look and new feel" and it already looks better without the temporary items that are now gone.

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