We welcome back Advertiser Susan White, who is running for her third term as a Des Moines City Councilmember, position #7. The Waterland Blog sat down last week at The Reuben with Susan to find out more about her vision for Des Moines.
“Des Moines is upside down because we do not have enough business sales tax coming into the city and we need more businesses,” Susan started our rather animated conversation with. “Economically we’re facing challenging times,” she added.
“One way to do this is to revive the Des Moines Creek Business Park off 216th, plus we should look to bringing in some big box stores like Home Depot or Costco somewhere in town.”
Other ideas on expansion of the business community are that “We also need a business development coordinator for Des Moines, and we need to support feasible building codes that could increase the height of downtown mixed-use businesses that would not harm anyone’s views” she said.
“As part of the Marina development, we need to do something to attract visitors to Des Moines. That’s why I will continue to support Water Transportation as a good thing for Des Moines and the Puget Sound Region. I think it’s the right thing to do.”
Susan is hoping that first steps towards these ferries will be foot ferries to carry residents and other neighbors to Mariners and Seahawks games.
Susan and her husband Gene have lived in the Redondo area of Des Moines for 20 years. Susan has three daughters and Gene has two sons. With their blended family, they have eight grandchildren, which now includes twin boys born just a few weeks ago.
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