Being the second largest city in Virginia, behind Virginia beach of course; this city needs to be revitalized. As an urban planner who has just been hired for the city of Norfolk, my job is to make the city strong enough to be able to represent the second biggest city in the state. Being near the beach, I feel that Norfolk has plenty of potential to grasp the interest of many tourists. Norfolk is a huge city with many industrial sections, a very popular sea port, and many attractions nearby. This is my proposal for the great city of Norfolk, Virginia.
Being the second biggest city in Virginia, I feel that Norfolk has great potential to attract many tourists from all over the country and maybe even the world. (Lets start off small) Being the close sister of the very populous Virginia Beach, this city can build off of the energy and excitement that the beach gives off to the people visiting and the locals. In order to start this proposal. we have to upgrade a few things. Transportation is the key to making Norfolk a great tourist city. Tourists are more attracted to taking city transportation instead of their private vehicles because obviously everyone hates traffic and looking for parking. Other things we can improve on would be to establish newer and more attractive restaurants and shops. The city is by the water so it would only make sense to include a lot of local seafood restaurants and of course, restaurants that are meant for “fine dining.”
My second proposal for this city is to incorporate the idea of “going green” to give this city a more alive and exciting vibe. Being near the water, people should expect to see more natural plants and trees and lots of people walking or riding not motorized vehicles such as bikes, etc. We can start planting more trees, involve space and nature in the making or redesigning of buildings, and start to reduce pollution that cars release by reducing the need for cars. Being a resident of the city, I have noticed a lot of slums and broken down buildings and streets. My goal is to pretty much redesign all of that into a much more attractive and friendly area. There is so much to the city and I plan on making everything little thing better.
Again, there are advantages of living near the ocean. One would be to use it resources such as seafood and other edible things for restaurants and maybe even open up a local Sunday bazaar to open up the peoples eyes to fresh seafood. The most important resource we have is, obviously, the water. The goal is to create filters to allow the water to be harmless so we can drink it and also create a waste system that filters the trash in the water so that it is easier to clean up. This proposal would be fantastic to start smart growth in the City of Norfolk. Being able to build off of what we already have available to us will make this major transformation a lot smoother and easier for the not only myself, (me being the urban planner) but the city as a whole.