- Police Department and Crime
- Finances and operations management
- Public school system
- Affordable housing
One of my biggest pet peeves is that the BeltLine kind of got hijacked by the parkspace brigade. I have always felt that the transit portion of the BeltLine was the most important piece for the city's long term future. The associated park space was an added benefit, but the transit was more important. However, when the Mayor finally got on board with the BeltLine, all we heard about was the "emerald necklace" of parks we'd be getting. All the money and time went to buying parks and designing parks. The transit, we are told, will take decades. Thats great - we'll add some new greenspace while the infrastructure of the city rots.
My list above are what I see as necessities for a well-functioning city. Without these things, it doesn't really matter how many parks you have, because no one will want to live in your city. They either won't feel safe, can't get around, can't depend on the city to provide basic services, won't raise their family here, or simply cannot afford to live here. AFTER all those things, I'm concerned with things like greenspace.