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Opinion: Weigh in on the city's flag discussion

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[Editor's note, Aug. 12: A previous version of this opinion piece that used rankings from the Aug. 9 Area's Largest Mortgage Lenders list has been removed. Mortgage volume reported by at least two banks erroneously represented companywide rather than local numbers. A revised list will be printed in a later edition.]

There’s a new city flag survey? Yes, there’s a new city flag survey! This has been a long time coming.

Springfield’s civic engagement officials sent an email Aug. 4 inviting the public to voice their opinions about the city flag and whether the city should consider adopting a new one. In case you haven’t heard, or seen it, there’s a new flag design proposed out there. Since 2017, really.

So, the patience award goes to the organizers of the Springfield Identity Project that created the flag design proposed.

They set off a grassroots movement where the new design made appearances not only on flags hanging in coffee shops, restaurants and gyms but also on hats, T-shirts and keychains. It’s creative, thoughtful and, perhaps most importantly, follows tried and true design standards from the North American Vexillological Association.

You could say it’s been adopted as the unofficial flag of Springfield. Only thing left was for City Hall’s stamp of approval.

Here’s the survey link: Flag.QuestionPro.com. It asks for opinions on the old and new flags and gives an option to upload your own design; results will be turned over to City Council.

Public input will be accepted through Aug. 18. So, it’s a tight timeline. City officials say paper surveys are available at Springfield-Greene County Library District branches, The Coffee Ethic, Mudhouse and Hotel Vandivort.

Full disclosure: I’ve called on the city to adopt a new flag since 2018.

So, speak now or forever hold – the old flag.

Springfield Business Journal Editorial Vice President Eric Olson can be reached at eolson@sbj.net.

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