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Quick Poll #1 | Results Summary

HUGE thanks to those of you who took time to share your vision for the future of Cape Girardeau via the project Quick Poll and City’s Facebook Page! We heard from 70+ people who gave thoughtful ideas on a variety of topics. An overview of participants, responses and themes are provided below.

Cape Quick Poll #1 Results: Click here to view a more detailed report of insights shared.

  • One third of respondents (32%) said that economic development should be the primary focus of the Comprehensive Plan. Runner-up answers were neighborhoods, parks, and recreation (17%) and infrastructure and transportation (15%). Nearly 1 in 5, or 19% of respondents marked “other.” Those who responded “other” noted a focus on sustainability, the riverfront, neighborhoods/housing stock, more activities for youth including youth centers, and a focus on attracting more people to live and work downtown and along the river.
  • Most respondents (62%) were between the ages of 25 and 44. 18% were part of the 55-64 age group and 11% were between ages 45 and 54.
  • Some of the poll’s main themes are visualized in the word clouds below, which display the variety of answers to two questions. The larger the word, the more we heard it!

What one word would you use to describe Cape Girardeau today?

Word Cloud_Cape today


What one word would you use to describe Cape Girardeau as you would like it to be in 2040?

Word Cloud_future Cape

Community Building + Community Development

  • One of the major topics that emerged from the survey was the desire to promote community building and community development.
  • Residents discussed their vision of Cape as a safe and culturally diverse community that welcomes all people and promotes a culture of collaboration.
  • There is a desire to foster greater unity among residents, and people offered ideas for programming and activities and parks and recreation.
  • Many respondents also commented on the need to tackle crime and improve public safety.

Community Character + Economic Development

  • There were many people who discussed the importance of economic development and housing and shared their ideas for how to boost the local economy.
  • Several comments envisioned an improved south side that could have new businesses, a small grocery store, and re-purposed use for the Greene School site.
  • The downtown was a major focus (64% of respondents said that this is their favorite local destination!) with ideas such as: reopening the Downtown Theatre, enhancing walkability, and encouraging infill or mixed-use development.
  • People also talked about their vision of Cape becoming a regional hub for technology, education, and healthcare.
  • In terms of housing, respondents described a need for new apartments and more affordability.
  • It was clear that residents care deeply about the look and feel of Cape, and many had thoughts on historic preservation, architecture, and streetscape design.


  • While many comments were creative ideas that imagined a long-term vision for Cape, residents also called out the need for more nuts and bolts improvements in infrastructure. Some are short-term projects, while others would require more significant investments.

Thank you again to everyone who has participated!