Check out today’s OWH article “Imagining the Future for Metro Counties“… which Metro scenario do you prefer?…

“[In 2050] Downtown Omaha remains a vital center of commerce and the arts. Central High School still graduates future leaders, part of a local school network that educates 400,000 students, most of whom end up working in the area. A series of urban centers dot the landscape, following the template set 40 years earlier by Midtown Crossing and Aksarben Village.

The suburbs are still a choice, but denser urban living, Omaha-style, has developed a certain cachet that keeps attracting young families.

Or . . .

The metro area embraces the auto, spreads out with quarter-acre residential lots that eat up farmland on both sides of the Missouri River. Cross-country travelers and commuters take the outer-ring freeway, which touches Plattsmouth, Waterloo, Blair and Treynor, Iowa, as it skirts the leapfrogging suburbs.

The old City of Omaha annexed everything in Douglas County in the 2030s, and now the aging downtown and the public schools struggle with a declining tax base and urban blight. Bus service evaporated in the 2020s, when government subsidies ended and fares got too high. Huge sections of the 300-square-mile urban area — more than double the old Omaha city limits — would be too remote for mass transit anyway.”