Everyday Akron Stories

What’s your biggest wish for Akron’s future?

Fireworks at Lock 3 during First Night Akron 2018
Image by Jeffrey Klaum for AkronStock

The new year is almost here, so it’s time to think about the future…  

During Michael Derr’s recent @everydayakron Instagram takeover, he asked, “What’s your biggest wish for Akron’s future?” Followers responded with some great answers, so I thought I would share them here. 

Check out this list of wishes, and then share your wish for Akron’s future on social media using #EverydayAkron. 

  • More collective based spaces! For a wide variety of arts 
  • To continue building the restaurant scene
  • More people living downtown so things are lively, and no more construction
  • No more construction
Screenshot of an Instagram Story answer that reads: "No more construction", with an image of a fire hydrant with a construction cone sitting on it
  • That more restaurants will be open for lunch on Sunday! 
  • A delicious and locally sourced food scene 
  • A mayoral apology for building the Interbelt through a minority community 
  • Bike infrastructure 
  • Actual downtown livability. Thriving businesses. 
Screenshot of an Instagram Story answer that reads: "Actual downtown livabilty. Thriving businesses." with an image of Lock 3 and Canal Square as the background
  • More nightlife and entertainment and downtown retail 
  • A variety of really good restaurants that are constantly packed 
  • That Barrio would come to Akron 
  • More retail areas and the most perfect affordable storefront for me one of these days 
  • Growth. I want more places to eat and see live music.
  • More young people of color and women as leaders of our local government and organizations 
Screenshot of an Instagram Story answer that reads: "A delicious and locally sourced food scene" with an image from Summit Food Coalition in the background
Screenshot of an Instagram Story answer that reads: "To continue building the restaurant scene!" with an image of Nomz Eatz in the background
  • More local restaurants and bars 
  • Public transportation!
  • No more construction, Barrio, and a lively downtown to walk around 
  • Less crime
  • More vegan restaurants 
  • We get the other 100k folks involved and feeling better about this city 
Screenshot of an Instagram Story answer that reads: "We get the other 100k folks involved and feeling better about this city" with an image of construction in front of the Downtown Akron library and the Goodyear Blimp hovering above as the background
  • Bring back small biz! There are too many chain EVERYTHING
  • Equal recognition and valuation of sports (Racers, Ducks, Marathon, Aviators, Vulcans, Akron BMX)
  • More tacos 

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