A group simply appears to do higher when you will discover its coronary heart. A public sq., a fountain, an amphitheater, a market, a park or one thing that provides the group a spotlight and its residents a spot to collect.
Belleville, Collinsville and Lebanon in current historical past invested closely to spruce up the hearts of their communities. Now O’Fallon is engaged on extra public area round its older retail district. Shiloh is conducting a research and residents are saying they need a city sq. or an analogous coronary heart for the village the place residents can collect, store and have enjoyable.
Individuals are realizing that social media is just not very social. They need a espresso store the place individuals collect to speak fairly than keep remoted with their screens. They need an space the place they will stroll their pets and greet neighbors.
Communities increase taxes via sprawl, however the want for a middle is as previous as people gathering round a fireplace.
Shiloh and O’Fallon will serve their residents properly by pursuing these tasks. Fairview Heights might additionally profit from making a metropolis middle.