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What Would You Improve in Wheaton in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Wheaton, what would it be?

As millions of Americans make New Year's resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Wheaton to make it an even better place to live?

Some suggestions that have been brought up at meetings in Wheaton throughout the year:

  • improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety
  • making Wheaton a more walkable place
  • improving storefront appearances in Wheaton's commercial district
  • adding more green space to Wheaton


What is on your Wheaton wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comment section below or blog about why you love living here!

AntonFisher January 09, 2013 at 09:43 PM
TaL - That would be a great idea. That will make the area more connected and walkable.
Leah Haygood January 13, 2013 at 05:51 PM
There are a lot of great ideas here, starting with the Patch's list. And there are reasons for optimism -- several new developments planned, including the conversion of Parking Lot 13 (triangle lot) to county offices/mixed use and open community space. It's also true that the old car-oriented suburbs are suffering as young people and boomers alike move to urban areas that are walkable/bikable/transit friendly. We can be that, too! We have the transit and now have the sector plan that will allow redevelopment in the downtown area. We also have outstanding environmental and recreation assets with Wheaton Regional Park Brookside Gardens and Sligo Creek Park. And now for some shameless self-promotion -- local non-profit GreenWheaton (http://greenwheaton.org/) is promoting all of these things in a bid to make Wheaton visibly green and a model sustainable community. Join us, like us on Facebook, sign up for our newsletter! Together we can transform Wheaton iinto the community we want it to be.
Anonymous January 14, 2013 at 03:25 PM
While I am sure this is not a high priority, I hope Wheaton will get another gym/fitness facility in the near future. LA Fitness leaves a lot to be desired. They need some competition.
Danila Sheveiko January 14, 2013 at 06:50 PM
If permitted, the Costco gas station, projected to be the busiest in the County, will emit enough pollutants to put the kibosh on improving Wheaton's environment. Just from the idling alone, according to my personal back-of-the-envelope estimate, the busiest gas station in the County will produce so much carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, and particulate matter, that it will take at least 1,500 full-grown oak trees to offset or, alternatively, a green roof on every single building in Wheaton - roughly 200 acres of the 484 in the Wheaton Sector Plan. Instead of improving Wheaton's environment now, it will take generations to mitigate Costco's plan. For more details, please see www.stopcostcogas.org
TaL January 15, 2013 at 02:40 AM
Why dont you just let them build twice the pumps which would cut the idling in half?

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