Rockford is a great city, but just like anywhere else in the world there's always room for improvement.  What does Rockford need to make it better?

You know, we could spend our time and energy complaining and dwelling on all the flaws our city has OR we could focus on what Rockford really needs to make this place feel more like home.

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From better street repairs, to roundabouts, to bigger bike paths and a wider variety of delicious restaurants, there many different ways we can improve our city.

Top 17 Things We Believe Rockford Really Needs More Of


After asking residents their thoughts, these are the top 17 most mentioned things that Rockford thinks we need more of.  I'd say we could all agree on most of these!

  • Big music festivals
  • Things to do that don’t involve alcohol
  • Sit down restaurants
  • Bookstores
  • Better drivers on the road
  • Summer events
  • Street lights (100%!!!!)
  • Bike path options
  • Outdoor seating at restaurants
  • Inexpensive activities for kids
  • Roads without potholes
  • Direct flights from Rockford
  • Small business incentives
  • Grocery stores; Trader Joe's and Whole Foods
  • Mental Health Facilities
  • Indoor & outdoor dog parks
  • People who stop at red lights

Read More: 10 Rockford Restaurants We Wish Would Come Back 

Another thing Rockford could use is more people with positive attitudes. There's nothing like a friendly wave or a good energy to be around. If we all tried to be a bit more positive, it could make a big difference in the vibe our city offers!

Plus, our streets get super dark.  WE NEED MORE STREET LIGHTS!!!

Every city has opportunities to be bigger and better, and Rockford is no exception. Let's keep pushing for these changes and see how great Rockford can be.

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