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Explore Our Traditions

3 months ago

Worthington is a community that is based upon deep traditions dating back to our founding as a New England-type village in 1803. What services are most important to you? What values do you think it's important that we protect, and what policies, programs and infrastructure help us do that and should not change?

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  • ReasonableResident 11 days ago
    Many families move here for the school system. The reputation and standing of the school system needs to be protected. The city services are also excellent and need to be maintained. The farmer's market is integral to the success of the downtown area and should not be allowed to relocate to a larger/easier space, but instead should scale back and use the space resources already present in the downtown area.
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  • Ian Mykel about 1 month ago
    I appreciate the varied neighborhoods of homes in Worthington. There is something permanent and self perpetuating about individual houses owned by interesting people who work to make and keep their neighborhoods special for themselves, kids and their fellow Worthington residents.
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  • vsmith1301 about 2 months ago
    I love living in Worthington! I have lived here for about 15 years now. I grew up in Upper Arlington so I have an appreciation for history and tradition. Around 4 years ago I moved into a historic home near the Green and really started to appreciate all the historic district has to offer! I can't imagine living anywhere else. My daughter graduated from Worthington Kilbourne and going through the Worthington school system was a wonderful experience. I went to private school so public school was a whole new world for me... I was so pleasantly surprised with our journey and constantly try to convince my friends with kids to move here! My hope for the future of Worthington (the historic district specifically, since that is where I live and spend my time) is a little more housing mixed with a little more shopping/retail and a little more other businesses like medical offices. We need to evolve and we need to keep money coming in to our city. It is extremely important to me that we keep as much of the history and tradition intact through this process. For example, using existing historic structures and building matching new structures for new business/retail. I think the building with the Porch Growler in it next to the cvs is a great example of a new building that matches it surroundings. Same with any new housing, there are a few new homes that have been built in my neighborhood that look like they could have been built in the early 1900's. The UMC property has so much potential and I am concerned with it becoming something that doesn't benefit our community the way the residents want.... I don't have any of the answers to how to accomplish these goals but I'm excited to know there is a place for discussions.
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  • mmi000 about 2 months ago
    Forty years ago we moved to Worthington because of the excellent school system and that has not changed in the interim. Schools are still a big draw for people contemplating moving here. The quality of the school system must be maintained. That said, it is incumbent on Worthington voters to keep supporting the schools, as they have consistently done in the past, when levies and bond issues come up. No one likes to see their property taxes go up, but those increases can be viewed as an investment in your community and by homeowners as an investment in their personal property because good schools will contribute to rising property values. Worthington has an intimacy and a community feel that are generated by preservation - -preservation of our architecture, historic settings, open community spaces, neighborly vibe and by our character. Our challenge going forward will be to keep these things while also allowing for economic growth and development.+
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  • Elli about 2 months ago
    As others have said, the historical character of our community is very important. I would not want to sacrifice that. While I agree that increased traffic should be carefully managed, we need to be more thoughtful about striking down all development out of hand. We need increased revenues to continue the services we have come to expect in our community. Trash and other waste removals, snow plowing, for example are exemplary in Worthington and many of us sometimes take them for granted. I would also like to see an increase in diversity in our community and as another poster said, that means we need more diverse housing options. While that doesn't mean I want a giant cookie cutter apartment building with thousands of residents, we need to be aware that the primary residence in our community is a single family house with a rising price tag.
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  • Sue about 2 months ago
    The historic roots and existing historic architecture contribute to the character and ambiance of Worthington, a small-town feel that makes people want to be here - either as a visitor or as a resident. Our history should be spread and shared from generation to generation. The intimacy of our town - the small shops in the Historic District, the Village Green, the trees, and the mostly manageable traffic contribute to a small-town atmosphere that is laid back and not frantic. I would like to see neighborhoods protected from heavy through traffic in order to maintain the family orientation and safe streets for kids. I think the Concerts on the Green are a good tradition to continue and a great family outing for all ages. The free balloons, frisbees, bubbles, etc from the sponsoring bank are great for the kids and the occasional food trucks are also a good addition. It seems like the ideal entertainment for families.
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  • Admin Commented mattlees 3 months ago
    I think people choose Worthington over other Central Ohio communities for things like: schools, walkability, historic downtown, open green spaces and bike path and safety. I would not want to sacrifice any of these. I think of Worthington as a community that embraced learning and arts and I would like to explore more ways this can be cultivated. I wish we were more diverse and I think we are not due to few housing options.
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  • Kathryn Burris 3 months ago
    My husband and I appreciate the excellent service from our safety workers. Also our garbage pickup, leaf and snow removal. I would not mind paying individually for garbage/trash removal as UA does with the sticker system. Our excellent school system is a very important part of our community as is the library.
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