Clinton hasn’t been that bad during my five years. But it sure seemed like it when talking with people around town or speaking with outsiders.
In the last year, that hasn’t always been the case. Sure, there’s still some negativity, but it’s not near as audible than when I first came to Clinton.
New tenants at the Lincolnway Railport, a renewed interest in the downtown and businesses investing in the area, are making it more difficult to have a negative attitude toward the area’s future.
It feels like the area is on the cusp of something exciting.
Oftentimes, the city of Clinton is compared to Dubuque. City officials talk with hope about that city’s turnaround, and whether that could happen here. I doubt many people could pinpoint an exact event that led to Dubuque’s makeover. Instead, it likely occurred over time, with a changing of perception from its citizens, and strong investment from the business community.
That appears to be happening now. I can’t predict the future, but from what’s happened in just the last few months, something is different about today’s Clinton.
It will continue to take time, but with strong leadership and community support, the Gateway area in the next five years may resemble something even better than what I witnessed in my first five years.
Scott Levine is the Associate Editor of the Clinton Herald. He can be reached at email@example.com.