A Planned City is a new series on planning and development in Springfield and its impact on the fabric of and life in the city.
Last weekend, The Republican featured Springfield’s City on the Rise document, prepared by the Economic Development department to feature some $2.7 billion in investment in the city. This report, essentially a political document ahead of 2015, cites countless projects currently underway in the city.
As such this document should be approached with caution. Some projects have been city radar for years and the size of any given expenditure does not infer broader improvement. Some are routine, if overdue projects like sidewalk and street repair, some of which is funded by regular appropriations from the state. MGM’s is impressive, but of limited value in measuring its impact after the facility opens.
One project, if executed properly, does stand out: Union Station.