The city of Escanaba and its residents continue to show when times are not so good, there still is room to grow and improve. That took place this year.
In a report to the city's Planning Commission, City Manager Jim O'Toole announced the city saw almost $4 million of declared improvements through the year. This is nothing to sneeze at during these times.
Sure, there were no major projects, but no area can have major projects going on all the time. After last year's boom, this still shows some healthy signs people believe in the area.
O'Toole also said next year could be shaping up to a good start with the possible reconstruction of Stephenson Avenue. By fixing up this main drive, it can only mean good things for the city.
It is god to see the city progressing, even during tight times. It is even better to see that businesses have faith in the area and are willing to improve their businesses for the consumers.
Escanaba and the U.P. always have been scrappers and this is just another sign that shows how determined the businesses and residents are to make home just a little bit better.