Stand up straight. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath — in through the nose — out through the mouth.
Open your eyes.
Look around yourselves, fellow Racinians.
Racine has the potential to be one of the world's truly great cities.
Racine is not only a good place to live. All evidence points toward Racine as a fine destination for family, personal and business travel. Ours is a city of brilliant architecture. A cultural center with a thriving arts community. Racine's harbor has few rivals on the west bank of Lake Michigan. Our beaches are pristine.
Is there a boulevard more elegant than Sixth Street?
Racine enjoys an excellent mix of restaurants from food trucks to fine dining; grand dining rooms to outdoor picnic table seating. Never have I lived anywhere with the variety of party venues, to be found right here in the Belle City. I almost wrote River City, because we have that, too.
Racine's downtown is picture perfect as a mid-century movie location. Right now, ready to go. Yet, it begs to become the premier shopping district between Chicago and Milwaukee. Racine is perfectly positioned for for greatness. As a city, as a community, as our home and as individuals, let's endeavor to avoid slipping into mediocrity.