Downtown Largo should definitely be more pedestrian friendly. I also think there is an interest for it being golf cart friendly also. Considering how many people may not want to walk or drive but want to get to local spots more economically, safely, and leisurely. Residents and visitors would just need golf cart crossings and lanes as well as a safe access from surrounding neighborhoods (access that leads to downtown as well as Largo Central park.) Many cities in the bay area are already doing this and more will be following (ie. Dunedin, Pinellas Park)
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Have a safe place where parents can take their teenagers and feel that their teens will be safe but will be able to socialize and have fun at the same time.
The fire that destroyed the businesses in the early morning hours of July 5th left The Fireplace Restaurant, House of Shades, and Debbie's Hair and Salon with many displaced employees. I would like to see the community come together and help raise money through an event or donations to help the workers and owners. https://youtu.be/6J0nSBThs-Q
By encouragement and incentives Largo has lead the way in the area for its recycling initiative, but it lacks in it's solar use. It baffles me that with all the sun we get down here that there are so few solar panels, especially on our public, parks, and city buildings. During a time of cut backs and financial struggle why is it that very little is being done to use a free over abundant energy source. Since Largo seems to be ahead of the curve in green initiatives in the county why don't we go all out and lead in the green energy saving field as well.
An open running track. Sidewalks are hard on shoes and knees. Or work with schools to open them after hours and weekends. I just want to run without worrying about dog walkers, strollers or cars. Nature trails present the issue of tree roots. We have so many parks with tennis courts, baseball/softball fields and basketball courts. Runners want love too! Try putting tennis courts in the middle instead of a football field. The cushioned surface of a real track would be so much better than our less than perfect sidewalks.
A continuous moving stream for families to float down together in rented inter-tubes. I sent video of water parks and Hotels with such a facility "Ride"
Make elderly and handicapped less dependent upon cars and enjoy the excellent shopping centers safely.
A drive along Clearwater-Largo Road, between Belleair Road and West Bay, will reveal a lot about the squalid condition of downtown Largo. Frequent travelers will not only see prostitutes on the sidewalks and inebriated residents stumbling along, they will recognize the "regulars" who live nearby. A rather new addition to this pool of Largo regulars has been the chronic homeless. Since St. Petersburg chased them out, their numbers in Largo have swelled and the Police are doing little about it. Until the dilapidated mobile home parks along Clearwater-Largo Road are re-developed, downtown Largo will continue to be known as the place to go for drugs, a cheap room to rent and a "good time". It is quite discouraging.
The angle and directions of the intersection of Indian Rocks Road and Wilcox need to be redirected. It is difficult to get on Indian Rocks Road from Wilcox, especially in the 'season' as the angles don't allow you to look down the roads properly. A redesign, which could be a roundabout, would be very appropriate at the location.
This idea could enable the Largo Historical Society to further develop a very nice museum with exhibits describing the history of Largo. Merchants could be given an opportunity to support a specific exhibit, perhaps of general interest or pertinent to their business. In return for their support they would be given a plaque to display in their business, and a "window sign" so the public going past their would know of their support for Largo's History. The merchant would also have a rack for museum brochures.
This idea would:
1. Show the merchant's pride to be doing business in Largo.
2. The "window sign" would give potential customers the incentive to support a merchant with pride
3. It would enable the Historical Society to fund more exhibits at the "Old Feed Store".
4. This would also be another asset of the Largo community: Largo residents would bring their
out of town visitors. Largo merchants would benefit from their support of the museum. 5. Northern visitors would also have another amenity to draw them to Largo.