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Cedar Rapids holds rebuilding workshop

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- "If you were going to do something connect a bridge on the Southwest side," said Dick Ransom of Cedar Rapids.

Ransom has spent his entire life in Cedar Rapids

John Schnipkoweit returned home to the City of Five Seasons nearly six years ago.

Both have been active since the beginning in providing input on how they want to see their neighborhoods rebuilt.

"Going forward it'll be very important for the people of the city to understand what the plans are and to support those plans," said Ransom.

"It can be counterproductive at times, but overall I think it's been a good way to draw ideas out of people," said Schnipkoweit.

Issues like connectivity, housing, and the revitalization of businesses have been discussed at great lengths in the flood-damaged neighborhoods.

And as part of the second neighborhood workshop, these points of debate are being put into effect as the basis for a new Cedar Rapids.

There are a couple of scenarios the public will respond to today, talking about strengths and weaknesses," said Christine Butterfield, Community Development Director.  "But those scenarios are a result of all of their input and participation."

"People seemed to agree on a lot of different things that were in the scenarios. Good trail connectivity, good people streets and gateway streets," saod Schnipkoweit.

As participants categorized the attributes of each scenario into strenghts and weaknesses, community leaders were there to take note.

And in the end, it will be this feedback by people like Ransom and Schnipkowet, that will help the rebuilt Cedar Rapids, feel a little more like home.

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner

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