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  Changing Visions | Part 7

The Best Of Your Bright Ideas
Three winners take honors in our "If I Ran This Place" contest

Some weeks ago we asked you to sit with us one more time and talk about our Changing Visions series. This time, we said, pretend you ran the place. What would you do to fix the cities, slow the suburbs, save the farms?

We said we'd give prizes to the ideas we liked best.

Well, you have spoken, and now so will we.

First prize (a Sim City 3000 game) goes to Larry Lewis of Shoreline, who gave us not only an earful but an eyeful with his clever cartoon-take on improving the city through some very down-to-earth suggestions such as putting all the utilities underground. Check out the cartoon here to consider his other ideas.

Second prize goes to Judy Ness, who wins partly because she showed persistence and a willingness to go "outside the box" for answers — both good qualities in a leader, we say. Ness' three entries included ideas that were both earth- and people-friendly, including a proposal to put rooftop gardens on downtown buildings. Tax benefits would accrue to those who donated materials and labor, and garden tours could raise money to finance other city needs. For her efforts, Judy takes home a Seattle Monopoly game. Maybe she can use it to promote another of her notions — regular "meet your neighbor nights" to help restore our sense of community.

And finally, a cheer and a Seattle Times calculator for our third-place finisher, Diane Adam, whose thoughts on the quality of life in other places — and the potential for our own — happen to jibe nicely with today's essay by William Dietrich. The essay closes our Changing Visions series and opens a new effort to examine the nature and state of leadership in these parts. We're calling it "Looking for Leaders," and you'll be seeing stories we hope help point the way as the region seeks to shape its future.

— The Editoresses

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