10 Oct summer fun : Mayor Mike Summers

This summer we hosted a series of creative learning events, but none more interesting
to fellow Lakewood residents and business owners than lunch with
Lakewood’s honorable Mayor Mike Summers.

After dining on take out from Nate’s, each attendee was to jot down “if you could ask for anything for this part of Lakewood (the west part of Madison Avenue & surrounding streets) what would it be?” We took turns as we pitched our ideas of community supported events for local architects, musicians and makers. We suggested other like-minded development opportunities in addition to arts-focused businesses. Everyone in our neighborhood did a shout out for a good coffee and sandwich shop withing walking distance! Any takers out there?

After we pitched our ideas to the Mayor, he shared with us all the exciting development progress that is planned for Madison Avenue in 2014. From new water lines, to paving and perhaps some new street scaping, these improvements will bring a fresh look and feel to the neighborhood. The goal is to promote growth and a resurgence of entrepreneurs, businesses and awareness of the fun area vibe.

Mayor Mike Summers was insightful and kind and everyone who took time out of their business day to attend was left with a sense of pride to be associated with such a progressive city. Thank you Mayor, it was a true privilege to enjoy some hummus and fatoosh over economic development conversation. We’ll have to do it again soon!