It is one of the primary responsibilities of a city's leadership to showcase its greatest features. Paducah has beautiful architecture, great people, art, delicious food, interesting museums, and many other man-made features that make it special.

However, our greatest feature is not the result of any work any of us or our ancestors has achieved. It's that river. The Ohio River that flanks our county's border is the most special and impossible to replicate or replace element in our fair city.

Over the past 20 years we have vastly improved the area around the river but some of the most desirable land bordering this majestic feature has been left as parking lots. What a horrible waste. What a disservice to our city that we have allowed this to go on for so long. I am grateful to current leadership that they are moving toward reclaiming this space for development.

Have you been downtown? I have. I go frequently. There is underutilized, inefficient street parking. There are empty lots. There are several parking lots beyond the one in question. Parking and the potential of additional parking is not a problem in the least. The fact is that the net benefit of developing this lot far outweighs the net benefit of continuing to criminally underutilize some of our most valuable real estate.

I am thankful for the people with the vision necessary to move this project forward. When you look at communities that experience decline it is often associated with shortsightedness when opportunities like this one arise. Let's support a healthier downtown. Let's adorn our gorgeous riverfront with development that matches its majesty rather than parking lots. Please support this development. It is good for all the citizens of Paducah.

Andy Wiggins


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