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(last updated 02-06-18)

Polls and ideas shared via the website and Cape Facebook Page are listed in the order noted below. Insights and individual responses to the Quick Polls, Workshops and Events are also being integrated and reviewed. Thank you for the detailed feedback, Cape! Stay tuned, an Open House to review the Draft Plan / Recommendations is in the works and will be announced soon. Click here to share your ideas today!

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  1. Photos shared
  2. What’s your idea/vision for Cape Girardeau?
  3. What should be Cape Girardeau’s highest priority?
  4. If you had to select one area to be improved/revitalized, which one would it be?
  5. What is your favorite local destination?
  6. Give us 1 word describing Cape today and 1 word describing Cape how you’d like to see it in the future?
  7. What should be the primary focus of the Comprehensive Plan for Cape Girardeau?
  8. What’s your favorite childhood memory in Cape Girardeau?

 


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2. What’s your idea/vision for Cape Girardeau? 

  • How about a FREE city water park area like STL has (STL City Garden). Where there are fountains that come out the ground for kids to play in when it is unbearably hot in the summer?
  • A number of suggestions have focused on dining, including a desire by some for more “mom-and-pop” restaurants, according to the Cape Vision 2040 website. Amen to this!! I miss the Chase House, Palmer House, Colonial Tavern, Sunny Hill and Sunny Hill Golden Coin.. I know, I sound old, but so be it..sure wish we had restaurants like that. Really sick and tired of some of these chain restaurants. Oh, and the tiny house, rent to own.. I’m not sure about the rent to own part of the suggestion, but I would be for something similar to this https://www.curbed.com/maps/tiny-houses-for-the-homeless-villages In reading about the different areas I think the ones in Washington and Texas are the better ones. They are not meant for permanent housing, temporary until they can develop a stable life.Build a Riverfront Park that can hold REAL concerts, like Memphis in May type things. Allow dance clubs to come back, and open ride sharing up to Uber/Lyft.
  • The bike and pedestrian trails in Jackson and Cape each receive quite a bit of use, and many people wish the two would be connected. This would result in more efficient transportation and recreation options as well as increasing the overall health of both communities, which has been shown to correlate with happiness and satisfaction of communities. Connecting the Cape and Jackson bike/pedestrian trails should be top priority.
  • Make Midtown an extension of downtown so that not everything is packed into one 3-4 block area.
  • Improve traffic flow on William, building with Toys-R-Us appears to be run down.
  • When proposed, Old Town Cape was to include 3 sections of the downtown highlighted for improvement, Main St, Broadway and Haarig district. With Main Street and Broadway improved, it’s time to tackle Haarig. Sprigg street is the first thing you see as you come into Cape Girardeau from the Sprigg street exit off Rte 74. About the only improvements made to this area have been in the form of demolition. Perhaps tax incentives could be used to entice a contractor to build NEW Victorian houses on these vacant lots and encourage reuse of remaining retail spaces to become perhaps a craft/arts district which would complement the River Campus.
  • Construct actual bus stops like covered benchs for kids waiting in the rain and snow for school buses.
  • Rebuild /reinforce/ upgrade – fiber internet infrastructure.
  • Make landlords comply with humane conditions such as getting rid of roaches, bedbugs, mold and other un-sanitary conditions needing improvement.
  • Build affordable surgical clinic so that people without insurance can have surgery
  • Install smart roads and parking lots that contribute to electrical power grid using new tech and solar technology .
  • Youth boxing,archery,metal forging programs indoor paintball /air-soft/ laser tag.
  • Would be nice to merge Semo hospital with St Frances to add more options making it so people dont have to go the STL for appointments .
  • Improve jail conditions such as cleanliness and overcrowding . And over crowding .
  • Drop minimum sentencing for minor crimes such as pot use and take the strain off the jails.
  • Focus on Cape as a whole not just downtown.
  • Bring back City of Roses festival downtown and find people passionate about Cape and music to organize and improve on past mistakes.
  • Our first impression of Cape was 15 years ago when crossing in over the old bridge in the rain. Scary and unappealing! Fast forward to the improvements already made due to the bridge, the downtown walkway, and Center Junction, help passersby, tourists and other visitors get a glimpse of the wonderful area ahead. As an early retiree and recently widowed, 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. I am contemplating (regrettably) moving to another state in order to find one, but would much rather stay here!
  • I believe that our community is best served by increasing the standard of living in our worst neighborhood.
  • I would like to see a large outlet mall brought to the area. I spent the weekend in Branson and saw two unique properties. The first was a landing area near a river that had a line of shops with the “street” as a pedestrian walkway. The other is was a Tanger outlet mall. The parking lot for both of these was packed. There is a 55 acre plot behind Menards that would be perfect for outlet mall.
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  • We need more things for kids to do!! LeBounce is closing. Besides the parks and Discovery Playhouse…there really isn’t much. If i want to plan something super fun to do with my kids I go to St. Louis. We have PLENTY of restaurants with even more to open. We need something for the kids.
  • My vision is for cape to repair on streets!! Then worry about everything else. I have broken 2 shocks and busted a tire.
  • To be a metropolitan hub for the region to enjoy a plethora of retail stores, restaurants and lifestyle services & goods. We have the land, reusable structures, and the interstate within our borders.
  • Improvements in south side of cape rather than it being thought of as a lost cause.
  • A place to camp, fish and hike.
  • Fix roads and bridge on E Rodney and Kings Hwy W Rodney is too narrow.
  • Streets without potholes.
  • Step up efforts into vocational training.
  • More recreational places that don’t rely so heavily on alcohol for entertainment.
  • Voluntary municipal program that encourages families from different socioeconomic levels to “adopt” each other and attend events together, eat meals in each others homes etc. to encourage people from different cultures to respect and celebrate each other’s differences.
  • Equestrian police. One mounted police officer is equivalent to 15 on foot, adds a little nostalgia and humans are fascinated by horses and this would bring attention to our Police force and possibly break down barriers for communication. The property Southeast of Southern gas station south of 74 would be a great location to build a small stable with ample pasture etc. start with just a couple and see how it goes. In some municipalities owners donate their mounts for use if they pass required behavioral testing.
  • To address a real solution to homelessness AND provide an opportunity to build an asset and transform lives – Promoting the tiny house rent-to-own program – this one from Detroit: https://www.facebook.com/CurbedDetroit/videos/1647172438638921/
  • To assist chronically homeless people with professional support and opportunities to move from failure toward the home ownership program, our region should connect with the St. Francis House’s Moving Ahead Program: https://stfrancishouse.org/programs/moving-ahead-program/
  • Neighborhoods are dangerously dark in Cape. I would love to see more street lights in all neighborhoods as well as on streets such as Big Bend, Lexington and Bertling where many deer are present. I would also like to see streets where parking is allowed on the sides to be reevaluated. Too many streets allow parking on both sides, which limits the street to one lane only, and on streets with lots of hills, visibility and safety becomes a real issue. Examples of this are Green Acres Dr. and Park St.
  • With the parks and rec tax money the city should consider purchasing the jewel of a swamp south of southern express. Build an interpretive center highlighting the natural and municipal history of the area, boardwalks for bird watching and a perimeter trail for hiking biking etc. that could be connected to the current cape lacroix trail system. This could done in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Audobon Society.
  • With the Parks and Rec Tax Money we need to purchase the swamp located south of southern express and build an interpretive center, bird watching boardwalk and walking/biking trail that we could connect to the current cape lacroix trail. the swamp is an absolute JEWEL containing loads of native animals and plants. We could work in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Conservation, Audoboun Society etc. Youth programs in the summer months in kayaks etc. teaching kids the importance of our environment in a time period where we have a crisis level of Nature Deficit Disorder among our youth and adults due to the digital age.
  • Organize more community activities at the municipal parks south of Independence that affluent members of our community would come to like we do at the Arena Building to encourage intermingling of the community.
  • Business development along Good Hope East of Sprigg st. and south of highway 74 in particular a small family grocery store.
  • Work with the School district to develop Old May Greene School into some kind of educational facility .
  • We need to bring something here for our children to do, discovery playhouse, YMCA, Bonkers play house, some play area where they can go afterschool, hangout on weekends to play etc. and where kids can afford it or make it free. Too many kids running around or nothing to do
  • An awesome thing for Cape Girardeau would be something like Walther’s in Evansville. An entertainment deck with mini-golf, a go-kart track, arcade, laser tag, just something entertaining for college aged students and younger to enjoy instead of turning to one of the many bars in town. I personally hate bar atmospheres but there’s not a lot of other options other than bowling and the movies.
  • There are new lights on main St and what a difference! Please install them on Spanish St near the antique stores as well.
  • There has been talk about a new city pool. I so dislike seeing the Water Park closed up during off season. It should be built near or next to it.
  • Indoor and outdoor skating rink
  • Cape Girardeau needs a YMCA system. This would address the need to build a new Olympic sized pool and offer programs for all ages. I recently visited Ponca City, OK and the community got together to pass a sales tax used to help finance construction of the new YMCA. It is a state-of-the art facility and definitely fills a huge void in that city. Cape Girardeau is large enough to support such a facility that will refocus our parks system attention to outdoor recreational offerings such as trails and walkways with less emphasis on water related activities.
  • Smaller Government. Less Taxes.
  • The streets have weeds growing in the cracks; weeds growing out of the storm water inlets; weeds growing in the curbs and sidewalks.
  • Are we going to have a fire station out at the new sportsplex and are we going to have Police here?
  • Before anyone invests another dollar into the esthetic appeal of Cape Girardeau, a massive investment into the city’s Police Department must be implemented. Police Officer salaries in Cape are not adequate for the amount of work and risk assumed by the Officers.
  • If this city is going to scale we need to attract more tech talent and businesses. Codefi and CarGo is a good start but tech companies bring money, development, and more people. We need to attract companies like Apple and Microsoft, jet, etc. Minneapolis offers large tax breaks to tech companies that place their headquarters there. Obviously, much larger territory, but same principles. That and spending more money on the art projects and the police force.
  • Community center for all kids, especially teens. They need more to do.
    Senior citizen parks.
  • Having a community building for special needs families, we currently don’t have that. I know they have programs, but not one facility where we can all meet.
  • Link downtown housing projects together to work toward multi-level properties along the flood wall that have businesses on the bottom floor and living quarters / homes on the upper floors with both views of the river and also covered walkways over the railroad and the seawall to allow covered / seating and perhaps tables along the river to relax and view the river.
  • The purpose is to actually revitalize downtown with work and homes being established anew downtown while promoting the value of a self-contained community with close access to the businesses downtown and to other inter-related businesses, save on the need to travel, while enjoying the Mississippi River.
    This would be much like the Crystal City in Washington, D.C. along the banks of the Potomac River there.
  • My vision for Cape Girardeau is for all neighborhoods to be well lit at night. Neighborhoods in Cape for the most part are dangerously dark, to the point it is very hard to drive even with headlights. This town is full of deer in neighborhoods and people are always hitting them. My husband and I came from a town where we could walk around our neighborhood at night because it was safe and well lit. If we did that in our current Cape Girardeau neighborhood on Green Acres Dr. and the surrounding areas, we’d be hit by cars. Also, too many people park on both sides of the streets in this town causing many of the streets to be one lane. On my street, as well as others, there’s multiple hills and it is impossible to see if anything is coming over those hills in the opposite direction. I’ve had to slam on my brakes many times because of low visibility and because people were speeding over those hills. There is no signage anywhere to warn people of the low visibility. These streets need to be evaluated and possibly have parking limited to only one side of the street. For me, Cape Girardeau would be perfect with the addition of some lighting, oh…and a Chili’s restaurant! ha!
  • We are uniquely positioned as a tri-State city that should open up for more economic development. We could host company headquarters easily making Illinois and Kentucky easily accessible. I would like to see technology pursued. The
    cyberspace on most city and government websites needs developed we have tons of untapped resources that residents are made aware of through resource based sites. The business network scene is lacking mobility. I haven’t seen any City Sports leagues you may have them but I don’t see it. This city is in need of apartments occupancy is really high and even wait-listed. This is a college town and student will leave if housing isn’t modern and developed and business opportunities
    are not hosted. I can share my experience having submitted for a business license in this city. I have launched a non-profit to serve the families in the city but I didn’t find any business hub or support within the community to help me
    through the process. There may be businesses willing to give back to help new businesses develop.
  • Enhanced park area between Broadway and casino on river side of the street. Green space, picnic area, splash pad, fountains.
  • Renewable power for all residents, basic affordable needs for all, great place to raise a family.
  • The ratio of cost of living to income compared to other regions seems to need improvement. A market competing for talent will come from a growing, robust/diverse economy.
  • Cape Girardeau is the largest community between St. Louis and Memphis and is a regional hub for education, medical, work, entertainment, sports, and more. I envision Cape Girardeau as a major destination in Southeast Missouri and this portion of the lower Midwest, upper South for all of these things and more in the future. We have the opportunity to not just be a stop on the way, but THE stop. We have the possibility of being an entertainment destination for a unique genre of music–up and coming artists, blues, bluegrass, and country, with reinvestment in some of our older, more character-holding entertainment venues this opportunity could become a reality. We also are close to being a regional host for a large number of conferences and conventions, but fell short in the amount of square footage available at the new Plaza—we needed about 10-15,000 more square footage to host true conventions. Cape Girardeau’s parks are a major draw and a major selling point for us when talking about Cape to potential visitors. We need to keep them up to date and in good care for both residents and tourists. A lot of travel occurs at the Sprigg/74 intersection of the city and unfortunately this area is blighted. Instead of tearing down everything and building new, I think consideration needs to be made to having an appropriate mix of both—and investing in the area to compliment the nearby River Campus. An art supply store, gallery, wine bar/restaurant, some retail that is both new and maybe consignment—– playing to both the students and attendees of River Campus events. Consideration needs to be made to the residents of this area—development of a park in the old school lot perhaps? Creating a sense of community in both the south side and the Red Star District is obviously a want from those residents and is something visitors and potential new residents will want.
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  • A city that isn’t so insecure about holding on to its past at the expense of progress and success for all of its citizens. All. Connecting the three parts of this city the way it is now – the people of south Cape, the people not in south Cape, and the people who live in Jackson and Work in Cape. To have a city of culture, entertainment, and beauty that rewards innovation. A city that is referred to as clean and beautiful.
  • That Cape would return to a feeling of unity. As a person who group up near Cape, Cape was a big town with a small town feel. There were many family-owned businesses instead of chain stores. The Cape that I loved was the Cape with a vibrant downtown. While I love the efforts that have been made in downtown Cape, there are still far too many bars and resale shops (going under the guise of antique shops) for it to be the Cape of my memory. It is infrequent that I buy clothing in Cape Girardeau as the selection of quality clothing is non-existent… especially for a working woman. I have come to rely more and more on online shopping…even though I would much rather try my clothing and shoes on as I can never be sure of fit.
  • I also remember Cape as being very physically attractive with a unified “look.” I loved the older facades of the buildings.
  • I also think Cape definitely has the potential for leading the way to be a culturally diverse community that honors others’ heritages while being a unified community.
  • I would like to see a better sense of community. I would also like to see festivals downtown again. A swimming complex to go along with the new sportsplex would round out that area.
  • I want to see cape grow into a city like Springfield, Missouri without the problems. As we sit right now, we are on the cusp and decisions have to be made correctly in order to boom like I would like to see.
  • We would be the leading edge of technology, health and family.
  •  Continue sustain and expand as a regional business, recreational, healthcare, educational and retail leader.
  • Cape has many positive things in progress. I would like to see Cape retain a vibrant sense of community.
  • I would like to see more investment in and support of older housing stock and older neighborhoods near the center of Cape.
  • In addition, I’d like to see a vibrant job market and a more diversified tax base.
  • Metro-hub
  • Have more places and activities for families. Increase in art and good design that is accessible to all perhaps through a botanical garden.
  • More programs or resources for low income individuals especially for mental health and the uninsured.
  • Business-friendly, supporting local and small business FIRST, much wider career options.
  • Incentives for residential infill and businesses to get a foothold.
  • Encourage developments that contribute to a walkable street grid from Downtown to Kings highway.
  • Utilize riverfront more with possible boat rental.
  • Downtown Theatre reopening.
  • Broadway looks horrendous! What an awful drive for visitors that want to check out downtown or the river! We count on Semo to bring students, but I have heard several say that although SEMO campus was nice, the surrounding area turned them off and they decided on different schools. Housing is outrageously expensive here as well if it’s not in a scary part of town….this is urging many potential good residents to move to surrounding areas like Gordonville, fruitland, etc.
  • CGMO to be THE regional hub for SEMO.
  • Growing beyond population of 40k – 50k
  • Well-educated, involved citizens working for a safe and stable community.
  • I would like more mom and pop type restaurants vs chains. I would like more family entertainment to be available. I would like more stores such as Costco and Trader Joe’s.
  • I envision a city that kindles innovation and provides an energetic vibe.
  • I’d like to see a continued focus on downtown.
  • I’d like to see south side be a better place for its residents. Less drugs, violent crime and hope for the people who live south side. I’d like to see a continued interest in the cities parks. Possibly even adding some.
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  • Close Main St. downtown to foot traffic only. Install an electric trolley running from the old train station in front of Hudson’s that runs down Main all the way to the Casino. Develop the area between Broadway and the Casino further for businesses.
  • Have the city help private citizens continue to revitalize the historical riverfront downtown area. That is where our identity resides.
  • Clean up the crime ridden areas. No blight without tall weeds, run down houses and businesses and junkie yard sale signs everywhere that are not picked up after the sales.
  • To be more forward thinking and include the whole community not just downtown.
  • I would like to see more city events/festivals that are geared towards more than just children or senior adults. Something that the entire community can come together and enjoy. Maybe like a fall/Christmas festival. Parades are nice, but I see towns like Kimmswick doing festivals all through out the year that really helps bring in customers to local businesses. We have a beautiful historic downtown, let’s utilize that.
  • Put Broadway back to the way it was; quit wasting money on this so called art; treat everyone in this City the same. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
  • Main street downtown needs to be a one way street. If the City Council wants a new city hall, use the old police station property.
  • Leave Capaha Park alone, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
  • Put in a round-a-bout at the intersection of kings highway and william st. enforce the ordinances that are on the books, animals, trash, old vehicles, fencing, pools, etc. make folks pay fines it brings in revenue.
  • I do not shop in Cape due to the tax rates, I live in Cape. I travel outside of Cape to do all of my shopping and tourism.
  • Address the crime rate.
  • Much more investment in safety, cleaning up the streets in the downtown and south side areas, reducing violent crimes and shootings, giving better assistance, incentive and protection to our police, fire and EMS personnel.
  • A great place to raise a family.
  • I’d love to see Cape have a reputation as an attractive and distinctive destination for the whole of Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. Provide unique attractions and experiences. Promote character and innovation to encourage new, modern businesses to locate here and provide stable jobs and tax revenues. We already have great communication routes and easy travel access, but these could be expanded. Look towards creating business parks and developments with high speed fiber internet access and creative & attractive campuses. I’d like to see the city safer, cleaner and greener. Continue the great work done to revitalize the downtown area and develop the riverfront to unify the Casino and main downtown.
  • Cape Girardeau needs to continue investing in quality of life and being a good place to live, work and visit. I see a vision of Cape Girardeau as a welcoming place to everyone, regardless of skin color or religion.
  • Having a historic and growing downtown with a diverse economy and healthy neighborhoods.
  • A great place to retire.
  • Happy, healthy humans. To achieve such a utopia, our city needs coordinated community planning with all partners, clearly articulated goals and performance measurement, and an all-in culture of collaboration among all
    officials/employees/partners.

3. What should be Cape Girardeau’s highest priority? | Cape Facebook Poll

  • Currently, the downtown area is receiving a lot of attention. They have made tremendous upgrades in the last few years – kudos to Old Town Cape and the City of Cape. There is still a lot of work to do in the South end of town. However, other areas of town are being neglected. The mid-section of Cape Girardeau (William Street/West End/Independence) need attention. They are unattractive areas and look very tired and worn making the City look uninviting. The homes have not been kept up making the entire area look old and perhaps some would have the opinion of being unsafe.
  • The mall area needs serious attention. Why can a City the size of Cape Girardeau with all of the traffic coming into the City on a daily basis not retain retailers. The mall is blighted and outdated – just look at JC Penney and Macy’s. They need facelifts. Right now, Barnes and Noble is the nicest part of the mall.
  • Revitalize neighborhoods with lighting, sidewalks, demo of dangerous structures, additions of mini-parks and beautification projects.
  • Engage service groups and neighborhood committees along with grants for implementation.
  • Infrastructure repairs and expansion must continue for growth.
  • Expansion of existing and securement of new businesses & industrial businesses.
  • I’d be really happy if we could get a big Natural Foods Co Op like the one in Carbondale.
  • I’d like walkability improved with sidewalks and crosswalks.
  • I’d like more and 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.
  • If we wish to revitalize the downtown area, we must focus on better use of the Mississippi River, a stellar opportunity for any water-located community AND linking the river resource to revitalization and growth of residential housing in the downtown area. We should plan multi-level properties along the floodwall, with river views on the upper levels and businesses on the lower levels, if desired.
  • There needs to be a concerted effort to use renewable energy resources in the homes / businesses. This could emulate Crystal City along the Potomac in Washington, D.C.
  • Have a covered walkway and river-view park area for access every day.
  • Fix the streets especially the side streets with potholes and uneven sections.
  • Add more street lights on side streets especially ones where I see public school children having to catch the bus so early in the mornings in the dark.
  • Add sidewalks to all places where public school kids have to walk to school or to a bus stop so they can stop walking in the streets.
  • Someone dedicated to bringing in new industries and businesses.
  • Start working toward using alternative energy for all city buildings and park structures.
  • Fix the roads.
  • Access to affordable, quality housing for all and infrastructure expansion and sustainability. I feel these are the top priorities. The cost of housing in this town has gotten out of hand because of the University.
  • Clean up Cape! I work in neighborhoods in Perryville. I visit people who live in subsidized housing all of those properties look great on the outside. At least if you drive by the neighborhood doesn’t get tagged as “a bad neighborhood”.
  • Drug problem / mental health
  • Our streets.
  • We NEED an indoor pool bad.
  • Access to affordable, quality housing for all. Poplar Bluff has more senior housing than I have found in Cape.
  • Expanded community resources, programs, support services.
  • Develop a nice Tiny Home Park that has water, sewer, trash pickup, cable and internet access that is affordable and safe. This is would be well received and is needed badly!!!! This should be a top priority!!
  • Fix the drug problem
  • Could we not work on all of these things, as one program could support the others? That’s what I’d like to see. With care taken to involve the community in community decisions.
  • Handicap accessible to the Capaha lagoon. Public bathrooms in Capaha Park.
  • Increase parking downtown. If there’s no place to park, you can’t shop.
  • Bring in new business to the mall.
  • Reuse old empty buildings instead of building new ones. Give businesses a tax break if they use the old structures.
  • Fix the dog park it’s a mess. It’s need more tables, benches, a shelter for summer.
  • Revitalize Cape Girardeau! Some of the abandoned houses, especially downtown on Lorimer.
  • Please can we do anything to have rental properties taken care of?
  • Addition of sidewalks, road conditions, a crosswalk over Kingshighway
  • Housing and shelters to keep citizens and homeless safer.
  • Access to affordable quality housing for all.
  • Infrastructure expansion and sustainability.
  • Infrastructure and less congestion over by wal-mart
  • Revitalization for older neighborhoods. Just please don’t do to any other areas what happened to Broadway. The lighting is dangerous and the “planted areas” take up valuable parking.

 


4. If you had to select only one area to be improved/revitalized, which one would it be? | Quick Poll #2 Question / Responses

  • It seems as though mid-town is not getting anything, whereas the mall area, Siemers Drive, and downtown always have things going on.
  • University Area: I think if you can attract students, you can attract families.
  • My thought was that by improving the area around the university visitors would have a better impression of Cape and want to further explore the city and recommend to others.
  • Mall area: if not revitalized it WILL become a huge Dinosaur then you have real problems. Just look whats happening all over the country.
  • Midtown for obvious reasons, gateways and entrances because you only have one change to create a “GREAT” first impression about the quality and priorities of our city.
  • Please, please, please put some energy/resources into making the southeast side of Cape Girardeau safer, I’ve lived here for over 30 years and own/live in a home built @ 1876. I love Cape and it’s history but this area sometimes seems to have been surrendered to crime, violence, and drug dealing. There is so much history, so many great old houses in this area but it’s no longer safe to live in much of the time.
  • South Cape – area appears tdilapidated in places, lacks strip malls for medical/dental/retail/services and public facilities of Fire & Police services. Seems to be the most abandoned area of Cape Girardeau.
  • South Cape – Improve safety, reduce crime, the university area needs to be more inviting and safe for those who work there and students that attend school.
  • South Cape – Revitalization would ideally deter crime and give young people living in that area some hope.
  • I live in downtown Cape. I love being able to walk around the downtown area. Many of the empty businesses are smelly and run down. It would make the city look better if the buildings were better looking.
  • South Cape – Make this area feel valued by the community.
  • South Cape – This area/and residents herein need and would benefit from help the most.
  • South Cape lacks neighborhood cohesiveness and services, especially businesses. Residents have to travel a significant distance to go shopping for goods, go to a bank, eat at a restaurant, etc. The neighborhood is hindered by disinvestment and crime.
  • It was a hard choice to make, but I chose the University because we have lots of students that come from all over, including other countries. For that reason is why we need to improve the university area, also there are students who do not drive, particularly foreign students, so they have to stay within close proximity to the campus. I personally have heard from these students say that our downtown area is boring.
  • Downtown – Compared to other streets and areas here in Cape Girardeau, I have always noticed that certain sections of downtown have been less than presteen when compared to other areas downtown. (My main concern here is Sprigg)
  • Focus on South Cape – Revitalization would ideally deter crime and give young people living in that area some hope.
  • The strip mall along the DMV side on down is an eye sore. The buildings need torn down or a facelift. All the entrances and exits in and out of the midtown area make easy access for visiting businesses. Lots of parking in the area.
  • I would love for the South side of Cape to be revitalized, but I spend much more time downtown. I feel that if we can add to our downtown than we will be able to attract others as well.
  • The South part of Cape needs to be revitalized more than any area in or around Cape. There are homes that could be fixed up for people to live in. The city abatement department could enforce the current laws in this area and that would be a good start to making the south end of our city more livable. We could all go outside our homes and just pick up a bit of trash.
  • Southeast Cape needs resident leadership/ownership in change to the area. The community needs to support those efforts with guidance as to how to raise funds, manage and account for those funds to provide the best improvement possible to that area. City needs to help with code enforcement, condemnation and education for property owners to improve the appearance of property in Southeast Cape.
  • Bring more business.
  • I live downtown and there has already been a great improvement in this part of our community. The mall area feels empty and uninviting to visitors and businesses. I would like to see an improvement to this area.
  • Downtown is a huge area that needs to continue improvement; the casino, new hotel and ongoing development along Broadway; the common pleas court house grant and planned improvements… More attention to downtown (business development, parks, activities, splash pad, ect) would continue to draw the local and regional populations to the area and be an asset to the city. It might be ideal to retain a police presence and office in the area as well.
  • Downtown gets a lot of attention, but actually getting there? Broadway is drowning in vape shops, while Independence and William’s attractions are nearly nonexistent. We need to make these avenues shine as much as the destination does.
  • Midtown needs attention — High traveled area that looks like it is aging quickly.
  • Midtown needs attention – It seems when new shopping and entertainment areas arise the previously popular areas are not taken care of.
  • Quit spending tax dollars on walking trail, biking trails, and bike lanes. Take care of what the City already has, fix the current streets, fix the streets in “all” neighborhoods, not just “certain” neighborhoods. Everyone in the City of Cape Girardeau should be treated the same as well as every neighborhood should be treated the same.
  • While so much has been done with downtown, there are still SO much more to do. The surrounding neighborhoods have so many older run down homes, that need to be remodeled. Also still many vacant buildings in and around downtown. There needs to be continued focus on getting more residential opportunities. Also Cape PD needs a sub station to open. With the new station in the middle of town, many people may not want to live downtown without a police presence nearby, as many neighborhoods not very far from downtown are unsafe.
  • Improving midtown helps downtown and Kingshighway area.
  • Midtown is a bit of a “hole” in Cape, esp around old Thorngate.
  • Midtown is an important area of the town that lots of people travel through going from one part to another, also when they are coming to town heading to the university,downtown,casino and other important parts.
  • Midtown is a crossroad of traffic and persons coming in and out of the city. Currently it looks neglected! Sprigg St and Kingshighway to the south of Sprigg need revitalization.
  • A lot of people come to town to got to the mall. If we make that area more appealing they may travel further in town and visit more of the smaller shops.
  • Midtown needs improvement.
  • Midtown is important not only for tourism, but also for students and families visiting the University.
  • Revitalization is important for business, appearances are very important when attracting new business and keeping older ones. Same thing goes with taxes being kept low. On another note – the streets the seemingly get funding but only get patched at times.  This needs to be improved upon before asking for new funding as fiscal responsibility is important when needing more.  Streets around town have been neglected for quite some time. However, I will note that the ones that have been substantially repaired are well done! Newer roads around the City alleviate traffic, but do not enhance any of the City’s inner beauty.  One more thing, since I have the opportunity – more police patrolling the stop lights. Horrible situation there.
  • Focus on the area by St. Marys church and the bridge by the river campus, all the old abandoned storefront buildings.
  • Focus on the southside. Crime is high and a lot of houses are in poor conditions. The people in that area need our help so lets give them some.
  • Focus on south cape, I feel like a lot of attention is already paid to the other areas. We cannot forget about this section of town.
  • South Cape is the first impression visitors get of Cape, when crossing the River. A lot of cities that have great downtowns, the ride into that area is blighted. Let’s keep South Cape up or revitalize.
  • Midtown – Too many vacant buildings. Need better Lighting on Broadway.
  • Midtown needs help. Hodge podge of businesses. No excitement. No design.
  • Landlords need to be held accountable for maintaining their properties — so many are in disrepair and have been for quite some time.
  • Invest in our people, so that they can feel a part of the community and feel proud and responsible to contribute to their community. I have lived here my whole life, and you will probably never find a person who loves this town as much as I do, and that is why I know we can be so much more than what we are now. We are the City of Roses, and we should be helping our people to bloom. And as a concerned local, I hope that whoever is in charge of this actually has a heart enough to care what the people living,working,breathing, and raising children in the streets of Cape Girardeau feel about our city. My husband and I are raising a sweet beautiful boy with autism here in our fair city, and I pray that Cape once again becomes the safe place to raise children as it was when I was growing up. No matter what side of town you live on.
  • Improve South Cape: Too much violence in South Cape. Don’t even like to drive thru that area! It needs to be cleaned up in general!
  • I personally am tired of eating at the chain restaurants out towards I55. I find the unique locally owned restaurants and bars in the downtown area much more appealing and interesting. There is quite a bit of undeveloped area and run down area close to the River Campus. While there are some safety concerns, I have seen the same type of area in Memphis (on river bluffs) get developed into very desirable homes and businesses. People living downtown and more unique businesses will give the people of Cape Girardeau more unique options for entertainment.
  • Focus on Midtown – it is the central core; everyone goes thru Kingshighway if going anywhere in town.
  • South Cape could benefit the most from additional attention of the city. I think it often gets overlooked when it comes to many planning and investment ideas.
  • We do not currently have the feel of a college town with shops within walking distance to the university. The best growth opportunity is to develop the broadway/sprig street area.
  • Focus on Midtown – It is the link between Down Town Cape Girardeau and the Western Shopping and Dining choices.
  • Focus on Midtown – People go through this area when traveling to downtown,university,show me center and other areas of town more than most of the rest.
  • Re-vision the appearance of all connecting street corridors that lead to downtown, to the university, to our schools and churches, to our neighborhoods, and out to the community entry points. Could William Street be selected as one corridor to receive a boulevard “treatment” all the way between downtown and out to the interstate? Make big plans and good things can be achieved. Don’t make the MoDot excuses about William Street, everyone can cooperate. The current appearance of west Cape is disappointing, and with “encouragement” it could match the best communities.
  • South Cape – It has the worst crime, old homes that used to be beautiful but have been neglected, and the most potential for improvement in my opinion. I fully believe that Habitat for Humanity and the city should partner together to promote home ownership and revitalization in the south part of Cape. If there were more pride of ownership in that area, it might start to make people feel more accountable.
  • South Cape – These areas have older buildings and several areas that have empty buildings.
  • Downtown revitalization is central to attracting more visitors to Cape. More restaurants, hotels, businesses, etc will enhance our city and enable it to better highlight the river and all the area has to offer. More events such as restarting Riverfest etc will also help.
  • Rethink/focus on the Mall area; Malls are a dying breed.
  • While downtown is very important, it seems like getting downtown doesn’t show Cape in the best way possible. Most area lighting is not up to par, roads stripping always is hard to see. Very little has been done to really sign the area leading to downtown and the casino.
  • Focus on downtown, it is where many younger residents can easily access and spend time already.
  • Midtown hasn’t been the focus of attention in a long time.
  • South Cape feels disconnected from Cape (due to Expressway). Fort D could use some improvements.
  • Focus on Downtown – Downtown areas serve as a community center for cultural and civic activity.
  • Focus on Northwest – This area has the residential growth and needs more development of grocery store, shopping, sidewalks, art.
  • Downtown has gotten quite a lot of attention and mid-town is really starting to look tired with rental housing stock and the homes between Broadway, Independence, William and 74 and South Cape. These areas need to have investment so that the business and residential community in this area can be renovated and thrive, plus grow the property valuation and continue to attract the wrong element, crime and decreasing value.
  • Focus on Northeast/Redstar – They created a CID and have shown a strong initiative for change.
  • Midtown needs attention – This area is already part of the CID (at least part of it is) and this area is adjacent to many other areas, downtown, University, Capaha,and many homes. A focus here would help improve many adjacent areas.
  • Midtown – The downtown area has already got some momentum and improved a lot in the past few years. I think this needs to expand out to the main arteries into the city. Kingshighway carries a large amount of traffic into the city and needs beautification and possibly a reduction in billboard advertising.
  • South Cape is in the most desperate need.
  • South Cape – The area is not nice and the infrastructure is poor.
  • Focus on community gateways / the areas that people see when they first come into the community.
  • Lower Taxes will bring Change to the Town
  • Midtown and South Cape need help. West Cape is new. Downtown is revitalized/ing. South Cape at least has momentum. Apartment land and old businesses are on a slippery slope.
  • Focus on community gateways – If our community looks inviting/welcoming, they are more likely stop to look/visit.
  • The South part of our city is isolated and this is because of their school closing, Hwy 74 , and loss of Family Resource Center.
  • South Cape needs attention. It is the most blighted and underutilized area of town. If properly kept up with, that area could be one of the most beautiful and vibrant areas of town.
  • Focus on South Cape – I drive through it daily on my commute and the area has so much unique architecture that is a true asset to the community if it were to be transformed into businesses.
  • Revitalization, creating jobs and removing generational poverty is vital for total success in our city. It will reduce crime, increase property values and enhance educational opportunities.
  • Focus on Midtown – It’s an area from which businesses, financial services, and retail have fled from. Opinion? Thinking the mall fringes, interstate nearness and Wal-Mart nearness would boost their survivability.
  • Focus on South Cape – The new bridge highway cut off S. Cape and people in the area must go far for amenities and access to most community resources – the homes are decreasing in value and crime is tough there.
  • Downtown is the area people come to see when they are visiting or when locals have people visiting from out of town. The west-side retail area looks like every other city in America – big box stores and fast-food. Kingshighway is also a retail corridor that can be replicated in other similar Midwestern towns. But downtown has the Mighty Mississippi, unique boutiques and restaurants, history, River Campus, public art, and energy! I think huge strides have been made in lifting downtown up but there is so much more to be done. I think there should be a focus on reinvestment in the housing stock in and around downtown. The more people we have living downtown will help the energy and the continued reinvestment of the office/commercial structures.
  • Malls are a dying breed. It’s only a matter of time before it’s shuttered and that would have a large negative impact on that area. Finding alternative development ideas NOW rather than after it’s shuttered makes sense.

5. What is your favorite local destination? | Cape Facebook Poll

 

  • View of the bridge from the River Campus… Cape Country Roads
  • Of course Capaha Park
  • Love Capaha Park, wish the lake didn’t stink
  • Downtown and Capaha/County Parks
  • Check out Owensboro, KY riverfront. Wish we could have something more like that.
  • The levee and Cape Rock
  • Virginia Beach, VA – I enjoy all the antique shops down the riverfront.
  • Keller’s deck at Isle Casino
  • Anywhere I can enjoy nature!
  • The Riverfront
  • Riverfront
  • The riverfront!
  • River fest!
  • Playing in the creek with friends!
  • Wading LaCroix creek from Lexington going north.
  • The rose garden
  • A&W drive in
  • When McDonald’s had the covered wagon and saddle seats

 


6. Give us one word describing Cape Girardeau today and one word describing Cape Girardeau how you’d like to see it in the future? | Cape Facebook Poll

 

  • Scary to Safe | I would like the Cape streets and the little bridge on Kings Highway and E Rodney fixed, concrete not asphalt patching. Our streets are bad, Charles Street has been ruined…
  • Stagnant to Dynamic | Wages, thinking, attitude, open -mindedness. We are stuck 60 years in the past and it holds back what should be a very vibrant, forward-moving region.  It is understandable why people and companies don’t want to locate here when other like-sized cities within 2-hours have so many more arts, entertainment, business, entrepreneurial and other experiences / opportunities.  [Higher, more competitive wages are needed.]
  • Unmaintained to Maintained Streets
  • Divided to Connected
  • Dynamic to Opportunity
  • Better to Peaceful
  • Empty to Full
  • Dance destination!
  • Inequity to Cohesive
  • Beautiful
  • More like Paducah
  • Hub to Resource
  • Continue!

 


7. What should be the primary focus of the Comprehensive Plan for Cape Girardeau? | Cape Facebook Poll

  • I work downtown. The city has made several nice improvements there but, we have other roads traveled in Cape that need to be repaired. I just put new tires on my car, which should make for a smoother ride, but I still feel like I get beat up when I travel some of them. Some of the older neighborhoods need updated sidewalks and lighting to make it safer for children walking to schools. When I get visitors from out of town they always mention how pretty Cape is. They love our parks and trips in different place to see the river. The casino is a choice but, not everyone wants to go there.
  • Infrastructure and transportation — There are areas in town where the ground under the road is disappearing.
  • Traffic improvements. Perryville road has an 8 way stop at Lexington. In hstl e mornings it can take 15-20 minutes just to make I️t past Cape Rock. Lexington is great but when you bottleneck it at perryville road it’s useless Stop light or roundabout it. LaCroix leads to pville. Lexington leads to pville. Cape Rock leads to pville. Broadway has a huge turn onto Perry/pville. Bertling ends at pville. We have to make this a major artery and plan for the future.
  • The city streets are terrible! I’m talking about neighborhoods, streets that lead up to our elementary schools and “well traveled “ secondary streets ie: Clark St.and Broadview St. I am really tired of all the “patch work “ the city does on the “sink holes”. They place some tar down, let the traffic smooth it over, then (3) weeks later it cracks and it’s a big hole again! I think I have said enough.
  • Economic development & public safety. Cape should have a person/persons whose only job is to promote Cape and bring in more& better jobs/ industry.
  • The streets in this town are in terrible shape. That needs to be addressed!
  • My city
  • Public safety/crime.
  • I’d like the shootings and murders to stop before the city spends money on making stuff pretty.

 


8. What’s your favorite childhood memory in Cape Girardeau? | Cape Facebook Poll

  • The goldfish pond at Fountain Park
  • My family would stop at the goldfish pond and twin trees park for a picnic lunch we just bought at Fairway market in red star. I also loved going to the river fest I loved listening to the bands playing.
  • We grew up on North Main so we would ride our bikes north to the goldfish pond and have a hot dog roast on the grills down the path behind it. Heading south we would walk to Fairway Market and enjoy a cold Coke with peanuts and help shuck corn in the back room. Special days when I was a little older, we got to walk “downtown” and spend the day shopping and have lunch at the Town Pump!
  • My friends and i would go to the mini golf right by The Keg Shop across from the high school (now jr high) all the time. I hit many balls into the next parking lot and in road 😂 I didn’t say i was good, just that it was fun.
  • Ice skating on the pond during really cold winters at Capaha Park. Also playing on the train at Arena park. I still love the memories when I take my granddaughter there.
  • My sisters and I used to walk downtown on Saturdays. We would shop up and down Main Street, go to Woolworths and get a fountain Coke. Then we would start back home and stop by our grandmothers house and she always had a treat for us. Once we rested we headed home before it got dark. Those were the good days!
  • Hanging out at the Capaha pool and walking around the University by Academic Hall, cruising Broadway with friends, playing with kids around our neighborhood.
  • That would hafta b skipping rocks under the old bridge w my daddy & bro, camping @TOT, summers on the water slide between cape/Jackson.
  • Eating pizza @ Shakey’s while watching The Three Stooges or picking out your favorite flavor @ Baskin Robbins.
  • My kids used to like our weekly trip to Shakey’s Pizza. In my days it was Tony’s Pizza and the Pizza King. 🍕
  • Coming to spend part of the Summers with Moms people.We lived in California and came back about every Summer to spend about a month.. Granny had lots of neat stuff and fed us good things.. Taught me to sew.. Such good times.
  • Just doing family things… Family reunions…. I wish we were all still together. Cape was easy back then… So proud of it’s hometown simplicities. Miss my school friends too.
  • Growing up in the bootheel and traveling up to cape at Christmas time to see the Hudson’s Furniture windows and all the Christmas lights around cape …truly unforgettable
  • Saturday afternoons at the skating rink, shopping downtown when it was more than just antique stores, cruising Broadway, Christmas light driving tour all around the city.
  • Sledding down Bertling Hill, cruising Broadway, hoolahoop contest on First National parking lot, shopping for new shoes at Buckner Ragsdale(3 pairs-school, church, gym).
  • There are sooo many….cruisin Broadway, river fest, going downtown and looking at the Christmas lights, video’s and cream, and Baskin Robbins.
  • Sitting at Woolworth’s lunch counter with my mom and her friend Ruby having cherry pie and a coke!
  • Going to see the Christmas display in Hudson’s Furniture.
  • Going to SEMO Indians basketball games in the Ron Shumate days.
  • Eating at Wimpys with my mom… hamburger and a Grapette soda on Saturdays.
  • Eating in the covered wagon at the McDonald’s on Broadway. Watching the show at Showbiz Pizza.
  • The stock car races at Arena park in the 60’s
  • Hudson’s Christmas windows!!!
  • Downtown theater..Im ready to renovate it if you want to gofundme.
  • Playing in the little pool at arena when visiting the play area! Capaha pool (RIP)
  • Broadway Friday night…taco bell
  • The first time my parents took me to the Show-Me Center to see the Lipizzaners!
  • The Christmas light in downtown
  • Hudson’s window at Christmas
  • The wading pool at arena park with the sprinklers
  • Pancake Day at the Arena building
  • The fair, I always looked forward to it with my family
  • The Ice Skating Rink! And Riverfest sitting on the courthouse hill listening to great music!!
  • Yes, Riverfest was so fun! I’d love to see that event return to Cape.
  • Riverfest!
  • Yes! Bring back riverfest!