We all have ideas for making Northwest Indiana better, but which ideas are the best of the best?
We asked some of the movers and shakers in Northwest Indiana to offer their ideas for this special section. Some major themes emerged.
They want to build a strong infrastructure, whether it's roads, bridges, airports, broadband, education or health care.
They want to revitalize the urban core.
They want to build a better sense of self, to grasp our role in the Chicago metropolitan area and to build cohesion as residents of Northwest Indiana and partners in its success.
They want to improve the environment, whether it's curbing pollution, increasing access to the lakeshore and other natural areas or simply picking up trash and fixing up structures.
They want to make our government more efficient and less expensive.
In other words, they want to help Northwest Indiana realize its potential, and they want everyone to work together toward that common goal.
On March 16, The Times will offer a comprehensive report on Northwest Indiana from a variety of perspectives. Today, enjoy reading these inspiring observations.