GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A public meeting was held Monday in which Grand Rapids residents and business owners can help set a vision for the future of the community's streets.
City staff and members of the Sustainable Streets Task Force were on hand to answer questions.
But only about a dozen people showed up to the evening meeting at the Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.
"We've got a crisis on our hands and we are trying to detail what that crisis is," said Chris Reader of the task force. "And we are looking for people's opinions about how it can be solved."
Attendees were asked to name their favorite and least favorite street and could bring photos of these streets.
Discussions focused on what impact these streets have on their neighborhoods and businesses, as well as the ability to move about the city.
The task force also wanted to know why residents avoid some streets and how people are affected by poor streets. They also talked about how to pay for fixing them.
"I don't think that anyone has a solution. Certainly, there's probably no one solution," said Reader. "The one concern is that we can't afford this bill just on the backs of the Grand Rapids taxpayers. It's far more than we can afford to invest each year."
A man is in jail, allegedly connected to 14 burglaries that occurred in Cass County this month.
A sheriff's deputy car and a Michigan State Police SUV were among the damaged vehicles.
Broadmoor Avenue has reopened after it was shut down due to a four-vehicle crash in Caledonia.