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Quick Poll # 2 | Results Summary

Big thanks to the hundreds of individuals who took the time to share their thoughts and ideas on the future of Cape Girardeau via Quick Poll #2!

Key themes that emerged from the poll (in no particular order) include:

  • More event spaces, festivals, concerts and restaurants along the Riverfront
  • Focus on attracting businesses and high-paying jobs
  • Revitalization of older neighborhoods such as South Cape and Red Star
  • Bicycle and pedestrian improvements
  • Redevelopment and beautification of Midtown and key community gateways
  • More family-oriented activities, both indoor and outdoor, with a greater focus on outdoor

Folks from a wide variety of ages participated in this poll, similar to the diverse group who attended the recent ‘Cape to the Future’ workshop:

  • 21% of respondents were ages 25-34, 20% were ages 35-44, 21% were ages 55-64, and 20% were ages 65-74
  • Nearly 90% of respondents live in Cape, and about 60% shop, play, and/or work in Cape

Cape Quick Poll #2 Results: Click here to view a detailed report of insights shared!

Thank you again to everyone who has participated in the Quick Polls! Your insights and priorities are invaluable, and will serve as the baseline and guiding force of the Comprehensive Plan. Stay tuned: Open House to review the Draft Comprehensive Plan is coming soon… Date to be announced shortly.

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More Big Ideas for Cape’s Future from All Ages!

We hope everyone’s 2018 is off to a great start! The Cape Vision 2040 planning process continues to gain momentum and remains on schedule. You all have shared over 1,300 ideas so far (Thank You!), and we are now working on drafting a new Comprehensive Plan for Cape Girardeau. A BIG thanks to everyone who came out to share ideas and participate in a community dialogue at the Cape to the Future Workshop! This was our third community outreach event, and it was a fun, productive, and interactive time for all ages. Click here to view a local news report on the workshop, and continue reading below for an overview of the event with photo and video highlights.

Cape to the Future Workshop Highlights

On Thursday evening, January 25, 2018 a diverse group of approximately 40 residents participated in the ‘Cape to the Future’ Workshop at the Osage Centre. Folks in attendance from across Cape included business owners, lifelong residents, young adults, parents, and even a local Cub Scout troop!

The workshop began with participants voting for their favorite ideas via a ‘Build Your Own Cape’ poster activity. The poster displayed the top 25 emerging topics from the 1,300 ideas shared to date. Next, Mike Hoffman, (Teska Associates) led a short presentation on the purpose of a comprehensive plan, where we are at in the planning process, outreach efforts to date, key themes, and next steps (click here to see the presentation).


Bob Barber (Orion Planning + Design) led a discussion on three future land use approaches for Cape Girardeau: (1) Conventional, (2) Retrofit and Redevelopment, and (3) Strategic Connections. Those in attendance generally preferred the Retrofit and Redevelopment approach.  While discussion on this topic was taking place, Erin Cigliano (Teska Associates) created a mind map that relayed and connected ideas and points raised by participants (click here to see a video of the mind map). Other activities included the ‘Cape Big Ideas Map’, where folks added place-based ideas; the ‘Cape Youth Station’, where the Cub Scouts drew their favorite places and activities; and the ‘Mailbox to the Future’, where participants shared their favorite ideas (over 50 total), with two winning a prize at the end of the evening.


Overview of Ideas Shared

The ‘Build Your Own Cape’ elements that received the most votes, out of 200 total, were:

  • Housing Diversity: Increase Type/Affordability
  • Neighborhood Revitalization
  • Concerts + Festivals: Annual Indoor + Outdoor
  • Bicycles + Sidewalks: Repair/Connectivity/Amenities
  • Public Safety: Improve and Enhance
  • Riverfront Focus: Indoor + Outdoor Spaces

Key ideas from the ‘Cape Big Ideas Map’:

  • Install welcome signs and landscaping at community gateways
  • Improve the Haarig Commercial Historic District
  • Install more sidewalks and extend the Cape La Croix Trail
  • Build multi-story condos near the Mississippi River on N. Main St.
  • Add roundabouts at congested intersections

Cape to the Future Workshop: Click here to read the full summary and see all the ideas!


Stay Tuned

Thanks to the hundreds of folks who shared input via the website, events, workshops, and quick polls! Results of Quick Poll #2 will be posted to the project website soon.

Be sure to continue to follow along as the Comprehensive Plan starts to take shape! Please enter your email via the website’s footer to receive notifications and project updates right to your inbox (note: you will need to confirm your subscription via email). Click here to view ideas and share your own today!

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Get ready! ‘Cape to the Future’ Workshop this Thursday at the Osage Centre

Hundreds of ideas have been shared to date on where to focus future efforts and priorities as part of Cape Vision 2040: Cape Girardeau’s Comprehensive Plan.  All ideas and insights are being carefully reviewed and sorted by topic to understand what the community feels most strongly about and what action items should take precedent. Click here to view some of the public ideas shared to date.

From infrastructure improvements to community gateways, the riverfront, neighborhood revitalization, safety, and housing… ideas are streaming in and being reiterated, many times over. Join us this Thursday as we present findings and themes and together, continue to refine Cape Vision 2040!

Refreshments will be provided, two workshop goers will leave **winners** (hint: prize drawing), this event is kid-friendly. Details below:

Cape to the Future Workshop | Thursday 01/25 | 6:30pm @ Osage Centre

Mark your calendar and come on down to the third public outreach event as part of Cape’s comprehensive planning process.  Join us as we present emerging themes and build upon ideas shared at the initial workshop, Spaghetti Day idea booth, and project website. Enjoy complimentary refreshments, fresh ideas, and take part in a prize drawing — winners to be announced at the end of the workshop! Bring the kids; we hope to see you there.

Workshop Details:

Thursday, January 25th @ 6:30pm
Osage Centre | 1625 N Kingshighway, Cape Girardeau

In the News:

As Mark Bliss recently reported, many ideas have been shared and submitted already, “People have suggested things such as tiny rent-to-own houses to boardwalks to roundabouts and better street lighting. This will be the last public session to attend; consider going out, even if you don’t have an idea to share. The city is making some of its planners and officials accessible to the public. It’s a good opportunity to say hello, and shake hands with some of the people who work behind the scenes in city government.”

Cape Vision 2040 workshop is example of accessible government
Southeastern Missourian | Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Tiny homes to boardwalks: Cape city planning process draws many suggestions
Southeastern Missourian | Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

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BIG THANKS for the plentiful ideas shared to date… click here to send us yours!

“As an early retiree, it would be WONDERFUL to have other senior living areas… They are great assets to the community, but there is a need for smaller self-owned single level houses in senior neighborhoods.”

“Engage service groups and neighborhood committees along with grants for implementation. Infrastructure repairs and expansion must continue for growth.”

“I’d like more/better bike paths. The trail is amazing, I’d love to see long term plans for expansion. Multi-use plan for upgrading the riverfront would be great. I love the idea of mini parks as well.”

Access to affordable, quality housing for all. Expanded community resources, programs, support services.”

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane… it’s the ‘Cape to the Future’ Workshop!

Share ideas… Map ideas…Vote on future priorities via a ‘Build Your Own Cape’ sticker board! Join us on Thursday, January 25th at 6:30 at the Osage Centre.

You’re invited! Mark your calendar and come on down to the third public outreach event as part of Cape’s comprehensive planning process.  Join us as we present emerging themes and build upon ideas shared at the initial workshop, Spaghetti Day idea booth, and project website. Enjoy complimentary refreshments, fresh ideas, and take part in a prize drawing — winners to be announced at the end of the workshop!

Workshop Details:

  • When: Thursday, January 25th @ 6:30pm
  • Where: Osage Centre | 1625 N Kingshighway, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

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It’s here! Quick Poll #2 is live… Share your insights today.

What are your ideas and priorities for Cape Girardeau’s economy, tourism, and amenities? What can we, as a community, do to make this an even better place to live, work, shop, play, and visit? Help us answer these questions by taking the Cape Girardeau Quick Poll #2!



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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?

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

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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!

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Photo Highlights + Ideas Galore: Cape Visioning Workshop and Spaghetti Day

We hope everyone had a great Cape Thanksgiving! Thanks to everyone who came out and shared ideas with us earlier this month at the Community Visioning Workshop and our Spaghetti Day Idea Booth! Both events were fun and interactive ways for us to gather your big ideas for Cape Vision 2040: A New Comprehensive Plan for Cape Girardeau. Below is an overview of each event with photo highlights.

Cape Community Visioning Workshop


On Tuesday, November 7, approximately 30 residents participated in the Community Visioning Workshop in the Central Middle School cafeteria. Folks first provided some ‘big ideas’ and filled out a short survey. Mike Hoffman (Teska Associates, Inc.) then provided a short presentation summarizing the purpose of the Comprehensive Plan, overall timeline, and a summary of some of the research completed so far (click here to see the presentation).  Folks then visited each of the four topic stations to share their ideas on Economic Development, Environmental Stewardship, Health + Social Vibrancy, and Transportation and Mobility. After visiting each station, folks were given stickers to vote on ideas they liked or disagreed with.

Overview of Ideas Shared

The ‘big ideas’ that received the most votes were:

  • Inexpensive, quality child care
  • Youth centers
  • 100% solar/wind energy
  • A science and tech center

The top ideas from the topic stations were:

Economic Development

  • More diversified tax base! Can’t rely so heavily on sales tax.  Use tax?  Property tax?
  • Something for all children in the community and community center – YMCA
  • Training program for trades

Environmental Stewardship

  • Fix-up abandoned houses
  • Community garden with learning connected
  • Green energy – use highways!

Health + Social Vibrancy

  • More emphasis on neighborhood parks – less emphasis on organized sports and facilities
  • Medical clinics located in the center of the south side of town
  • Parks for all ages

Transportation and Mobility

  • Free shuttle bus for Head Start kids
  • More free parking for SEMO students!!!
  • Rides to S.E. Missouri manufacturers

Community Workshop: Click here to read the full summary and see all the ideas!


Spaghetti Day Idea Booth


Cape Girardeau’s 11th annual Spaghetti Day was a fun (and delicious) event put on by the Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Foundation at historic A.C. Brase Arena on Thursday, November 9. A record 3,022 meals were served throughout the day! Mike Hoffman and Taylor LaFave (Teska Associates, Inc.) were on hand to collect “Delicious Homemade Ideas” from residents for Cape Vision 2040. As folks waited in line for food, or on their way out, they were encouraged to visit posters and jot down their ideas for Cape’s future; they also voted on ideas that resonated with them by placing a sticker next to it.

In total, spaghetti-goers shared 37 unique ideas, with 115 votes of support. All ideas were focused on ways to make Cape an even better place to live, work, shop, play, and visit. The crowd offered a great cross section of residents from all demographic segments. Top ideas include:

  • Drive-in theater (16 votes)
  • Ice skating rink (16 votes)
  • New indoor aquatic center (13 votes)
  • Rooftop bar and restaurant (11 votes)
  • Trader Joe’s (9 votes)
  • South Cape neighborhood park (8 votes)
  • Redevelopment of West Park Mall (7 votes)
  • More activities for kids (6 votes)

Spaghetti Day: Click here to read the full summary and see all the ideas!


But that’s just the tip of the “idea iceberg” so to speak!

Over 100 ideas have been shared via the project website to date. Click here to view ideas and share your own today!

Stay tuned! Quick Poll #2 coming soon…

Thanks to everyone who shared input via Cape Quick Poll #1! Results will be posted to the project website soon. Please enter your email via the website’s footer to receive notifications and project updates right to your inbox (note: you will need to confirm your subscription via email).

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Join us! Cape Visioning Workshop + Spaghetti Day Idea Booth

Greetings Cape followers! Mark your calendars and please join us for the following November events:

Community Visioning Workshop | Tuesday, November 7th

From economic development, transportation and mobility… to social vibrancy, corridor character and green technology — join us on November 7th to learn about the upcoming planning process and, most importantly, share your ideas on how we can make our community the best Cape yet. Details below:

  • Tuesday, November 7th
  • 6:30pm
  • Central Middle School Cafeteria
  • 1900 Thilenius Street

Spaghetti Day Idea Booth | Thursday, November 9th

I’ll take a side of fresh ideas with my spaghetti and meatballs, please. Swing by the ‘Cape Vision 2040 Idea Booth’ at Spaghetti Day to jot down your inspired ideas and identify ideas that resonate with you. Details below:

  • Thursday November 9th
  • 11am – 7pm
  • Spaghetti Day at the Arena Building
  • 410 Kiwanis Drive

Big thanks to everyone who has shared ideas and input via the ‘share an idea’ page and ‘quick poll’. Keep sharing and spread the word to your neighbors, family and friends to do the same. We hope to see you all at these upcoming November events!

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What’s your BIG idea for Cape Girardeau?

What can we, as a community, do to make this an even better place to live, work, shop, play and visit?  Where should future growth occur and what should that growth look like?  What areas of town could use some improvements?  Help us answer these questions and more as we plan for the City’s future by participating in Cape Vision 2040 – A New Comprehensive Plan for Cape Girardeau.

Plan Purpose: The Comprehensive Plan will serve as a guide to future growth and development, and be used in both the review of new development proposals and in the planning for future community enhancements such as roadways, parks, or other utility improvements.

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