BluePrint Binghamton talks public health

By Megan Carpenter

November 7, 2013 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 7:25 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) People filled the Broome County Library on Thursday to learn about keeping Binghamton healthy and safe.

About 80 people attended the seventh and last talk of the year in the Blueprint Binghamton Discussion Series. The talk Thursday focused on how a safer city can improve public health.

Some of the suggestions discussed included safer sidewalks for walkers and bikers.

"If we want children to walk to schools, or if we want people to walk to work, or university students to walk into Binghamton," said Melissa Enoch, the city's Sustainable Development Planner, "We need to accommodate them and to help make it something they feel safe and welcomed to do."

More farmer's markets were also put on the table to help give the community a place to go for healthy foods. City officials said community input has been a big help through the Blueprint discussions.

"The feedback that we've received so far is that our community really wants this," Enoch said.

"I've had a lot of people say that it's just nice to be in a room with a whole cross section of people and sharing ideas," said Merry Harris, the city's Director of Economic Development.

Blueprint Binghamton is part of the city's goal to upgrade its 2003 comprehensive plan. Organizers said it has taken about a year and a half to get to this point.

They hope to see a draft of the new plan early next year.

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