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Econ 919: How bike paths improve life

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    This week: if you doubt “livability” has become a prime factor for companies and professionals seeking a new home, just look at the ways cities all over the nation — and Canada — used to woo Amazon’s so-called “Headquarters 2.” Livability with recreation of a high caliber was front and center of pitches to the World’s Biggest Company.

Amazon could probably put their HQ2 wherever they want, but if Apple or Facebook are in better spots, they will win over more of the limited supply of highly qualified computer geniuses.

While Kenai isn’t competing at that level, it understands the need for maintaining a certain quality of life. And, while a new bike path will not instantly fill all the community’s needs, the unanimous approval to seek funds for one shows the city council is thinking of such needs.

Elizabeth Appleby is the Kenai City Planner and Kaitlin Vadla is with the ad hoc group Biking in Kenai & Soldotna, or “BIK&S” for short. They spoke on KDLL's Kenai Conversation.

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