Anne Corriston is Knight’s program director for Wichita.
First, a disclaimer. I have lived in Wichita my entire life, so I certainly can't call myself an outsider.
And I love my life here, so I'm already very emotionally attached to my community. Here's my Top Ten List of things I love about Wichita:
But I'm not everyone. What do others think and feel about Wichita?
According to Gallup's Soul of the Community survey, plenty. We highly value college education and health care, and we're doing a great job with both. But we could be better at a few things, too. We could be more welcoming to college graduates and have even more social offerings - fun places where people can meet. We could improve the aesthetics, particularly natural settings.
Gallup's study tells us a lot about how Wichita is perceived. It doesn't tell us how to improve our standings when we're surveyed again in 2010. That's something we have to figure out for ourselves.
What's on your Top Ten? What's on your "Needs Improvement" 10? And how would you make Wichita a place where people feel attached, connected, welcomed? I welcome your comments on this blog.