Improving Community Appearance

What is community appearance?

Community appearance includes all of the physical elements in our community. This could mean projects that address business storefronts, street layouts and design, zoning and sign code enhancements, overall street layout, residential and non-residential property maintenance, the use of public art and the overall landscaping in public right of way.

Beautification is a way of making visual improvements to a town, city, or urban area. This can look like planting trees, gardens, and other landscaping projects in public greenspaces. It can also look like decorative streetlights or pavement in high traffic areas. Community beautification projects are meant to revitalize areas, such as downtowns, and can even boost tourism or economic development.

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How does it affect Joplin?

Through hundreds of responses in the City Manager's 2020 Listening Tour, citizens commonly requested to see an increase of citywide beautification. By improving the outward presentation of our community, the City can make a statement to future residents and investors that Joplin is a community of opportunity and not decline. Beautification is possible if it is embraced by residential and commercial developers. Cities can require higher standards for new building and landscape designs through improved ordinances. Partnerships with existing residents and businesses should be pursued in order to create a community standard. Improving standards provides encouragement and accountability to the community as a whole.

How can be it be addressed?

Please click on any of the links below to learn more about each strategy developed by staff in order to improve the community appearance of Joplin.

To see the full set of 2021 Action Plans please click here.

We encourage our citizens to learn more about these initiatives that have been identified as potential uses for funding provided through the use tax that will be on the ballot on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. To learn more about the use tax as a potential source of funding please see the Proposition Action FAQ page.


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