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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

Unable to make it? Want to start sharing right NOW?! Click the links below:

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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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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).