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What are Guiding Principles?

 

The vision statement is supported by eight “guiding principles” that together represent a unified picture of what Trenton will look like and how Trenton will achieve the vision. On a very basic level, the guiding principles are an expression of the values of residents and stakeholders. 

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Trenton will provide a safe environment for people of all ages and be perceived as a secure place to live, work and visit. 

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“Trenton will be... a safe and friendly environment for all ages” (Youth Summit)

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“A place with less crime with more activities for our youth… and more focus on the positive things going on in Trenton rather than the negative things” <br /> (Art All Night)
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“Trenton will be a place where life, business and history are capital” <br /> (Ward Meeting)

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“a place where there will be no more violence” (Youth Summit)
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In 2014: The number one issue concerning Trentonians is safety. No constituency expressed this with more vehemence than the City’s youth. Residents and stakeholders are concerned not only with violent crime, but also with the stigma that excessive crime related news coverage creates. All feel strongly that in order for the City to change, the high levels of crime, especially violent crime, must be reduced. 
In 2042: Trentonians and visitors will feel safe in the city, and there will be significantly less violence and fewer crimes. The City will have implemented a multipronged and innovative approach to creating a safe environment for all. At the same time, Trenton will be perceived to be a safe place by people who live in the surrounding community.
A safe Trenton is about more than just reduced crime: The city will also be a place where people can feel secure expressing their opinions publicly without fear of retribution. Streets must also be safe to travel on foot, by bike, by bus, or by car. A safer Trenton is a place where there is trust in the community. 

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