Editor's note: Anchorage mayoral candidates Eric Croft and Dan Sullivan responded to a Daily News questionnaire in late February. Here is how they answered some of the questions.
Q. The biggest problem facing Anchorage is ...
Croft: Our greatest challenge is how we keep improving our schools, neighborhoods and city during these difficult economic times. We need to carefully comb through the budget to cut waste and make government more efficient so we can invest the savings in the priorities that matter most to Anchorage families.
Sullivan: The biggest problem facing Anchorage is the pending shortage of affordable natural gas. Energy is the key to the long term health of the Anchorage economy and securing gas supplies for future generations will be a top priority of my administration.
Q. Give one example of the kind of development you think Anchorage needs more of, and one Anchorage needs less of.
Croft: We need more public-private partnerships like the coalition that produced the convention center and fewer Wal-Mart type box stores.
Sullivan: There are town homes in my neighborhood, at Vintage Circle, that are a perfect example of development that added high quality density while minimizing impact on the surrounding area. There are other town home style units a few blocks away that were built without garages or carports, resulting in numerous vehicles parking along the streets and right of ways. The aesthetic difference is dramatic.
Q. If money were not an issue, what would be your dream infrastructure project for Anchorage?
Croft: We live in the real world, where expense is important. The combination of the Fire Island Wind Farm and the Lake Chakachamna hydroelectric project would provide cheap renewable energy for our city for decades. These work even in the real world.
Sullivan: Anchorage needs to build an East/West bypass that would allow traffic to cross town without stop lights, similar to how the Minnesota bypass allows North/South traffic to efficiently traverse the city.