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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

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

Share Ideas
Take Cape Quick Poll #2
View Ideas

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.”

Cape Workshop Poster 011118_v2

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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!