We got a lot done in four years. From increasing school funding to $5 Million, fully
funding dedicated SROs for every Hoover City School, to the creation of the first city
sponsored Arts Council the state of Alabama, and the addition of more dedicated park
land than any other city in the region, the 2016-2020 council has made Hoover stronger.
But we're not done just yet. In the 2020-2024 term, my goals include the creation
of a performing arts center, improving and preserving more of our historic neighborhoods,
adding sports parks and a branch library in East Hoover and working to keep my hometown
as the city of choice for families looking to settle in the over the mountain area.
Performing Arts Center
Four yeas ago, I had a conversation with a focus group of local artists about a Hoover Arts Council. One artist told me "it will never work. When we go to art shows, it's well known. Hoover hates the arts." Fast forward to 2020, and we've had live theater in the Galleria Mall. Aldridge gardens was chosen as the site for Birmingham Ballet's "Alice in Wonderland" film. Black Jacket Symphony brought the Beatles and Queen to the Hoover Met parking lot. Hoover hates the arts has been replaced by Hoover innovates the arts. The next step is a dedicated venue, and in 2022, the funding should be in place to invest in such a facility.
Improving/Preserving Historic Neighborhoods
What makes Hoover truly different from other cities of the same size? Our balance between existing neighborhoods and new growth. Families looking to relocate to Hoover have infinite choices, from the mountain views of Bluff Park to lakeside living in Blackridge and Lake Wilburn, Hoover has it all. Our strength has always been in our foresight to recognize what's next. When I look at the city, what's next are the housing markets in Green Valley and Riverchase. To capitalize on these areas, we have to improve existing amenities like Star Lake. We have to add sidewalks in Riverchase for families to enjoy an afternoon walk or morning run. Keeping our older neighborhoods strong provides new residents with affordable housing markets and the ability to call Hoover home for years to come.
Sports Park and Library Branch in East Hoover
When I was a kid in the 1980s and 1990s, Hoover was always considered one singular entity. The heart of the city was always the mall, although that heart moved from Hoover Mall, to Hoover Square 6, to ultimately the Galleria. When we became large enough for two high schools, we became two halves of a whole. While we did a good job with school placement, the amenities were not part of the equation. It's time to fix that issue by putting a library branch and a sports park in East Hoover because its not conducive, or downright fair to ask residents to travel 45 minutes (in the best of traffic scenarios) to check out a book or play a ballgame.