As a longtime resident of Rock Island, I am looking forward to the changes that could come our way.|
I was raised in a semi-busy, vibrant river city. It seemed everything we ever needed could be obtained right here in Rock Island. I recall a prosperous downtown, where my grandmother worked at McCabes, where my clothes came from.
I remember taking lunch to my grandfather, who worked at J.I. Case Co., one of the many factories located in the industrial area of Rock Island.
I enjoyed dining out with my family occasionally, at one of the several restaurants located on the 11th Street strip. I also remember the people working and shopping downtown, people out and about in their neighborhoods.
Times have changed; they always do. Rock Island has become somewhat of a bare-bones city. We are missing the businesses and the people.
I am glad I have seen what CAN be for our city. That is what makes me believe we can have it again. We need a city that is vitally strong, for its citizens and for the businesses. We need new jobs to bring in more sales tax revenue. Our neighborhoods need to be safe.
I believe David Levin has a vision for our city. I admire his forward thinking, and continuous efforts to develop a city rich with businesses and safe neighborhoods in which to raise our families. David Levin is not a man of empty promises; he is a man of action.