Revitalize EAst maryville

Connect East Maryville to the Greenway

East Maryville’s disconnection from the Greenway is one of the most obvious disparities that exists. Studies have shown that Greenways improve the health and wellbeing of residents and provide alternative transportation, improved water quality, habitat conservation, and flood control. Greenways have been shown to increase property values by providing an important amenity to residential and commercial developments.

East Maryville is a low-income area and qualifies for federal and private grants. The city should aggressively pursue outside funding and make East Maryville Greenway access and connection to Everett Park a planning priority.

East Maryville Sidewalks

Sidewalks are a critical part of a healthy transportation system because they allow residents and visitors to access off-street connections between neighborhoods, business districts, schools and parks. Existing East Maryville sidewalks need to be repaired, and the city should make closing the gaps in existing neighborhood sidewalks a planning priority.

Utility Fairness, Maintenance & Tree Management

When you drive through the neighborhoods of East Maryville and West Maryville and it is visibly clear that Maryville Utilities standards of infrastructure, maintenance and tree management are not equal. This inequality must be addressed in an actionable way.

East Maryville Branded Beautification

Let’s honor East Maryville’s uniqueness and diversity with a branding all its own. That starts with community input and collaboration. This buy-in will encourage businesses and residents to initiate their own beautification efforts that align with city planning. Streetscape design should provide a wide-range of amenities, with an emphasis on pedestrian flow, and spaces for public enjoyment that include elements of surprise.

This is important.

If a revitalization plan is adopted for East Maryville, we must put measures in place to ensure low-income citizens are not displaced.

Here’s how we can do it:

  • Offer caps or breaks on property taxes for longtime residents, which is known as the homestead exemption. It helps residents who are elderly on fixed incomes remain in their homes even while their home values increase.
  • Negotiate payment plans with homeowners who have fallen behind on their property taxes.
  • Work with local banks to provide renters opportunities for special financing to purchase their homes.
  • Provide incentives to landlords who agree to rent control standards set by the city and provide renters a safe outlet to report bad landlords.
  • Establish Affordable Housing Incentives
  • Establish a loan fund to help small business owners buy their buildings.