#ImagineAkron | What happens when the Rubber City dares to dream big? November 14th, 2014 We jumped into this a little on the late side. By the time we saw the conversation on Twitter, several folks had already taken a crack at answering the question Cory St. Esprit and others were asking, “What could our city look like?” And to drive home the point, they took a choose-your-own-adventure approach, tweeting this fill-in-the-blanks idea generator: “Imagine an Akron where…” But why would that be important? Akron, like people, has to think big to make big things happen. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck in a rut. It’s like The Biebs said, “If you don’t dream big, there’s no use of dreaming.” (Bet he meant to say, Beliebing.) And it’s also like smarter, less pop-star-y people have said about dreams: Having them matters but it’s just phase one. You need to the work to go along with it. Fortunately, Akron isn’t afraid of a little hard work. The city just needs some dreams to put that hard work towards. That’s what made this so exciting. After you scroll through all the #ImagineAkron tweets, you see a clear pattern: It’s all about Akron being its best self, not some version of Cleveland or copycatting another big city. It’s about Akron doing Akron. Here are some of our favorites below. See what ideas it inspires for you, and please share your own in the comments, on Twitter or Facebook! @cstesprit @NicholeBooker13 @tughrin Imagine an Akron where you could do more, but drive less. #ImagineAkron — Jason Segedy (@thestile1972) November 12, 2014 @NicholeBooker13 @dwimer1 #ImagineAkron where there are women and men of color in all of leadership roles. Diversity enriches our places. — Kirstin Toth (@Toth4GAR) November 13, 2014 "@NicholeBooker13: What could our city look like? "Imagine an Akron where we intentionally invite our friends to live here" #ImagineAkron — Rick Stockburger (@RickStockburger) November 13, 2014 @Nicole_Mullet @KyleKutuchief Imagine an Akron where other cities travel here to see what all the fuss is about #ImagineAkron — Craig S. Horbus, Esq (@chorbus) November 13, 2014 Imagine an Akron where we tore down the walls between colors, cultures, congregations, and classes that divide us. #ImagineAkron — Love Akron Network (@loveakron) November 13, 2014 "Imagine an Akron where we accepted and thrived on being radically different." #ImagineAkron @NicholeBooker13 — Blake Babcock (@Blake_Babcock) November 13, 2014 @AkronBrianH @Nicole_Mullet @25Hillary @YPNKim #ImagineAkron where "better than it used to be" is no longer good enough. #CantStopWontStop — Brianna Kelly (@briannakelly0) November 13, 2014 Imagine an Akron where every child knows where their next meal is coming from #ImagineAkron @Nicole_Mullet @ACRFoodbank — Jessica Cherok (@jessica_cherok) November 13, 2014 Imagine an Akron where every neighborhood has access to healthy & delicious local food. #ImagineAkron — Beth Knorr (@kbethann) November 13, 2014 Imagine Akron where people came DOWNTOWN to shop… #ImagineAkron — Gregg Mervis (@GreggMervis) November 14, 2014 @akrondevilstrip Imagine an Akron where residents greeted their refugee neighbors by name. #ImagineAkron — Neighbors Apparel (@neighborsapp) November 13, 2014 And a couple of our own: Imagine an Akron where… the "Rubber City" nickname means people are bouncing back to town. #ImagineAkron via @Nicole_Mullet — The Devil Strip (@akrondevilstrip) November 13, 2014 Imagine an Akron where… you don't have to say "buy/eat/play local" b/c everyone already does. #ImagineAkron @Nicole_Mullet — The Devil Strip (@akrondevilstrip) November 13, 2014 Imagine an Akron where… the tech and start-up community is booming. #ImagineAkron @Nicole_Mullet — The Devil Strip (@akrondevilstrip) November 13, 2014 Tell your friends:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.