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Throughout life,you live somewhere.That could be a small farm town of 500,or a An idea that could be taken into plan could be having different loops that intersect in huge city consisting of millions of people.Even though these communities might seem like different areas,making any part of the city accessible by walking or biking.Loops could start opposites of each other,just a loser look and you'll find many similarities.They both have around Interstate 5 and the Stanford neighborhood around Interstate 205 and use existing loving neighbors,the"go-to"restaurant,and most importantly,someone who loves and cares paths(such as the ones on Kruse Way)to make these loops,then go into different for the city,striving to make it the best it can be.In other words,a mayor. neighborhoods. Similar to other cities,Lake Oswego has fallen victim to designing the city for only With these examples,there could be a clear plan constructed as a mayor to make new cars.Being a mayor,I could help break my town free from this labyrinth of asphalt and paths to cut carbon emissions of the city significantly,give the citizens of LO a better motors,giving the population clarity from vehicles that many never knew existed. well-being,and even possibly improve tourism of the town.All of these things are something Many examples can be seen of LO's car dependency,from 4 lane roads with that is desired greatly by the citizens of Lake Oswego and other communities across the weathered,thin sidewalks to a downtown main street with no bike lanes.Many problems can globe,which I could improve upon,being a mayor.Lake Oswego could become a role model arise from designing cities with such an auto-dependency,from unbearable rush hours to for other suburbs across the nation to break free of auto-dependency,which is another key inducing Climate Change and even giving the community poor well-being of life.These desire of a mayor,helping,partnering,and building great relationships with other cities. three things are what Lake Oswego prioritizes to improve upon,yet how can a community If I were mayor,I would use these designs of new pathways for bikes and pedestrians do that when these complications are rooted into the veins of the town?As a mayor,if I to,directly and indirectly,take out many core problems of our city.I would use my power wanted to uproot this problem and make Lake Oswego a better place for all,I would need to and responsibility to the best of my ability,to make Lake Oswego as great as it can be. get to the source. It's dear that because Lake Oswego was established in 1847,it wasn't always so car-oriented.The Downtown and First Addition neighborhoods are both in small, easy-to-walk grids.However,newer neighborhoods such as Palisades or Mountain Park have a distinct focus on vehicular ways of transportation. As a mayor,I would need to make sure I wouldn't dive into something blindly and have the solution poorly designed.To make great pathways that connect community members,you would need to look at examples across the globe. One great example to model after is Oulu,Finland.Oulu is a suburb town that still has car dependency,however,it has another set of pathways designated just for bikers and pedestrians,separate from roads.This is essentially what would be needed to design a new LO-a new infrastructure made for ways of transportation besides cars. Another example Lake Oswego could follow for new pedestrian and biking paths would be the train tracks that run throughout the city.Not only do they run near neighborhoods,but they also are mostly separated from roads,having minimal interaction with cars. A plan of making the paths for the city could consist of citizen surveys and votes to determine where paths would go,and where they are most needed.As a mayor,it should be Kate Scipio Del Campo 2nd place winner - Essay (grades 6-8) If I Were Mayor... By Kate Scipio del Campo Mayors are very important in order to keep a community running.They set examples for problems,which is very helpful at times.It is crucial to be able to escape by doing something people to follow,they go to important community events to boost morale,they make speeches to you love once in a while,when needed.I would know,since I am an athlete,myself. educate members of the community about issues their neighbors face,and more.These are the Building more athletic fields is very important,as explained above.It helps local teams things they do as the face of the community.In addition,behind the scenes,they are being the play on fields within their community,it encourages community engagement,and it includes wise,caring,and collaborative leaders that we need.For example,every day,they work to create people who play sports that aren't noticed enough.I feel as though the significance of more a safe community for families to live in,they oversee the city council,and they have the power athletic fields is underestimated,as is the importance of playing sports.But with more athletic to veto a rule they feel is not fit for Lake Oswego.Therefore,mayors are important to keep fields,it will inspire people to make an effort to pick up a sport they enjoy. things in order,and to serve their community. If I were to take on the job of mayor,I would build more athletic fields.There are already problems with availability in the spring and fall,because of the many sports that start up at the same time.Sometimes,my team has to share a field with three to four other teams,even when it doesn't have the ability to hold that capacity.Our practices even get canceled,just because of the lack of availability.If there were more athletic fields,there wouldn't be this kind of problem for teams.That's why I believe it is important to build more fields so that holding practices or games locally isn't a struggle. Building more athletic fields also encourages community engagement.If more local fields were available for teams of the community to play at,this would encourage kids to interact and make friends with their teammates who are from other schools in the district.But not only would kids be expanding their group of friends,the parents would also meet different parents on the sidelines.People in the community would get to know each other more through their similar interests,like sports.Kids would be interacting with people they probably wouldn't have met otherwise,which would provide them with the opportunity to learn from new people who might be from a different background.This would give people different perspectives on how they see things,and encourage inclusion and the celebration of diversity in our community. When I say that I would build more athletic fields,I don't just mean for football,soccer, lacrosse,or other popular sports.I also mean different underrated sports,like pickle ball,bocce ball,field hockey,etc.This would make others who don't play those popular sports feel included. It wouldn't matter what age,skin color,or shape someone is,there would be a space where everyone would feel included and seen.Athletes don't have to fit a certain picture,so why not make local fields and courts versatile so that it fulfills the needs of all kinds of athletes?With many different kinds of sports facilities,more people would be able to play a sport they feel connected to.Not only is playing sports good for one's physical health to stay in shape,but it helps with mental health.It gives people an activity that takes their attention off of their everyday Anthony Cote 3rd place winner - Essay (grades 6-8) "If I Were Mayor. . ." As mayor,I would encourage citizens to install solar panels on their homes.I would meet with Home Owners Associations about easing restrictions on solar panel approvals. At this time,I would also provide infonnation about the benefits of solar panels and financial incentives-Adding solar panels to the city hall and other city-owned buildings would serve as a role model for private citizens.This would not _ only make a profit for the people of Lake Oswego but also introduce the idea of electric furnaces,air conditioning,and cars. Finally,new and remodeled buildings must follow a stricter set of rules and regulations that all revolve around the idea of producing less unnecessary gases and waste.To ease and encourage this .' ."ma's-:— process,the City of Lake Oswego would have an expert on staff to guide businesses through this step. By Anthony Cote This role would be an engineer specializing in city planning with a focus on incorporating Earth-friendly designs.Upon request,business owners would be able to meet with the city-employed engineer free of charge. If I were mayor of Lake Oswego,I would focus on improving sustainability and building an Having strong leadership is important to implement these changes,and get people and businesses infrastructure that supports a greener future. This can be done with the cooperation of the private citizens on board in a positive manner.As mayor,I can provide this support,and gain the peoples'trust to of Lake Oswego,local government,and small businesses. Steps include promoting eco-friendly transition smoothly through this process.Through all of these actions,Lake Oswego has the potential to transportation,producing regenerative energy,and building energy-efficient facilities.I would take action become a greener and more environment-friendly town. to move Lake Oswego to a more globe-friendly place. First,I would have electric car chargers installed in public parking lots so that people could charge their cars while eating,shopping,and enjoying other Lake Oswego amenities.This would also encourage people to buy electric cars,which in turn,helps save the environment.Setting up electric car charging stations would also give the citizens free charge if they visit the amenities here in our town. A second initiative is to make sure bike lanes are safe and clearly marked so that people would feel safe,and be open to the idea of riding bikes to local stores or just to have a good time.If people ride their bikes more often,fewer cars are on the road,therefore leading to fewer greenhouse gas emissions from combustion engine vehicles.This would also inspire people to be more active and outside more of the time.In addition to safe bike lanes,I would setup bike racks and locking systems around stores and restaurants in the town of Lake Oswego. Another idea is exploring the possibility of using the Lake Oswego dam to produce hydroelectricity,and reroute the energy to stores and businesses that meet energy-efficient criteria. Providing this financial incentive encourages businesses to stay actively involved in the process of making our town"greener." Thankyou ! For participating in the 2022 "If I Were Mayor" Contest!