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Cedar Rapids gets public's help in improving the city's look

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In an effort to craft a new comprehensive plan, the city of Cedar Rapids hosted its Envision CR public input session Wednesday.

The open house will help identify projects and prioritize needs for the city as a way to help shape its economic, social and physical areas over the next 20 years.

Cedar Rapids Director of Community Development, Gary Kranse says it’s really about growth and quality of life improvements for Cedar Rapids.

“Just really happy to hear from the citizens in the community,” said Kranse. “This is their community, this is about what they want to see, and not about what I want to see, it’s about what they want so to see, so hopefully we get a lot of input.”

Long-time Cedar Rapids resident Nancy Berry said she’s been living in the city for more than 60 years.

“I think it’s important for all the people who have been in the flood to have their input,” said Berry.

She added she’d like to see fruit trees and flowers planted to help improve the look of the city for visitors.

Additional public input sessions will be held throughout the spring.

City officials will then formulate a plan with the public's key ideas, and present it to the Cedar Rapids City Council by October for their adoption.

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