Joan Griffey, Wards Corner resident, wrote the following email to Mayor Fraim:
Dear Mayor Fraim
You were elected the Mayor of our City of Norfolk. Recently, you stated that “the growth downtown hasn’t occurred by accident. It occurred because we had a vision.” Wards Corner is a wonderful, but neglected, part of our city. Do you have a vision for us?? We are open to a comfortable place for pedestrians to be, to a series of plans for local development, to retail shops and housing and restuarants. Is there a vision to extend downtown priorities to our section of the City? We would love to shed our image as a “deadzone”. As the City visions an user friendly downtown area for light rail travelers, it should also envision making Wards Corner user friendly for I64 /HRBT gridlock travelers. I refer to Harry Minium’s article on Nov. 23 “PLAN FOR 2020 RESHAPES CITY” in the VA PILOT. We have 4 Council members as representatives of our Partnershiop area. Surely, working with them, a vision could be formed and shaped and acted upon. We are waiting ……and waiting. Thank you for making it a front burner issue in 2009.