Alton is a unique city, but it also shares much in common with scores of other Rust Belt cities, both large and small. While it faces many challenges, it’s full of opportunities, too. Let’s explore them! Continue reading Alton is ripe for a renaissance
The people of Alton have set the bar so low, and by doing so, we’re actually helping to ensure continued disappointment here for the foreseeable future. Continue reading The Alton election was disappointing. But you might be surprised at why I think it was.
It’s no secret that I’m optimistic about Alton’s future. Therefore, you might be surprised by the tone of this column. … Continue reading Raise your hand, Alton, if you think we should maintain the status quo!
(this post was originally published on December 23, 2016, in Advantage News) The holidays are a time for families to … Continue reading The annual pilgrimage “home” to Alton for the holidays tells a lot about our appeal
(this editorial column was originally published in the fall of 2016, in Advantage News) The fall is probably my favorite … Continue reading Alton, IL is perfectly positioned to prosper
Everyone loves a good deal, and most people prefer to stand behind a winning team, rather than one on the … Continue reading With leadership that “gets it,” Alton could be the next “turnaround city.”
My grandmother always said, “It’s the little things that matter.” Throughout the 20th century, Alton could rightly call itself a … Continue reading Relying on the basics once worked for cities – but not today
It’s not surprising there is a massive inferiority complex and cloud of pessimism looming over Alton. But that doesn’t make it right. Continue reading The Pessimism of Altonians may be a self-fulfilling prophecy