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Shape Our Future

4 months ago

This discussion forum is a place for you to discuss what changes you believe Worthington will need to respond to in the next 20 years.  In responding to these changes, how should the City adapt and what should or should not change?  

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  • mmi000 18 days ago
    Worthington is facing a big challenge going forward but it is a good challenge to have. To begin with, we have much that is valuable to preserve. Many comments have been made about our history and traditions, our character, the schools, green space, the Historic District and the family friendly vibe. Our city is perhaps singular in the central Ohio area in this regard. But other commentators have also correctly pointed out that we cannot afford to become economically stagnant. So the challenge is to preserve what should be preserved and still provide incentives for business opportunities and responsible economic growth. I am saying that these two goals are NOT mutually exclusive. Both can be achieved. But strong, engaged city leadership is essential. Here's an example. We have two properties on High St. in close proximity to each other. UMCH provides a perfect opportunity to combine economic development along High St., less dense senior and other housing and plenty of land for open community space with amenties. Meanwhile the Anthem building sits empty but could become a prime location for a company headquarters or the home for multiple smaller firms. Will the city take the initiative to assertively work with these property owners to bring about desired outcomes? Mindset is important. It's easy to begin thinking of obstacles and why something wouldn't work. The emphasis should focus instead on how things could be accomplished. Proponents of one viewpoint or another will not get everything they want, but if a holistic approach is taken to community issues more people will be satisfied and e can move forward with more unity and less discord.
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    • Kathryn Burris 15 days ago
      Thank you mmi000 for your comments. We are hearing other comments about the challenge of balancing historical aspects of the city with economic strength. If you haven't already registered for one of the Focus Groups being held in the next few weeks, please do so. You can click on "Focus Groups" on the home page to register. You will have the opportunity to share and discuss the specifics of your viewpoint with other participants. We are listening.....you will be heard.
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  • Ian Mykel about 1 month ago
    The future of Worthington is at risk of a sudden boom and then slow deterioration to a wasteland that will then be abandoned as a desirable place to live. The school system is good because the families who live in the city have the time and resources to dedicate to children's education. It is all the stay-at-home mom's and high property taxes that make the schools great, and if big apartments and heavy traffic take over, the families who work to keep their children's education up will move out and the schools will start to fail. Then Columbus will be set to move in and start building towers and more apartments and Historical Worthington will become a memory. Outside builders want to explode the housing market in Worthington with fancy expensive apartments (quite unaffordable and lies about creating retirement communities) with promises of expanded revenue, but look around at areas that have had drastic build up (like the continent) that were awesome at first but then turn to blight. Any new construction ideas need to meet the surrounding historical approach to adding new places to live, which continue the one and two story homes homes filled with people interested in perpetuating their property values and the property values of Worthington as a whole. Large apartments will make developers rich at the expense of all the great things that make Worthington so special. Instead I would like to see Worthington become more special by adding features that will appeal to top businesses attempting to lure well paid workers, such as more centralized parks, and enhancing the historical nature, not lopping off the Historical District at the edges with monstrosities that will dwarf the homes around them, and further separate us into our divided communities.
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    • Kathryn Burris 24 days ago
      Thank you for sharing your views. Also, thank you for participating in a SOAR meeting. We are hearing a lot from residents about housing and development in Worthington. You can continue to be heard by taking the public survey www.surveymonkey.com/r/VisionWorthingtonPublicSurvry. and by attending one of the virtual Focus Groups. Please invite your friends and neighbors as well.
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  • Buckeye 2 months ago
    The city should continue to support policies that promote diversity and inclusion. We should strive that all people, regardless of income level, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity feel welcome and accepted in our community. We should support housing developments at all income levels, especially for the working class and recent high school and college graduates. We are a welcoming town for all!
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    • Kathryn Burris about 2 months ago
      Buckeye, Thank you for your comments. We have heard from other residents as well who are visioning more diversity and inclusion in Worthington. Please plan to attend one of the online SOAR meetings where you will have the opportunity to be specific about how you picture the city accomplishing the goal of being more diverse and inclusive.
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  • Wdnadolny 4 months ago
    I love the thought of discussing Worthington's future. I think that is a very important tool to bringing up ideas.I am against spending more than say $100 on this sort of thing. I've been involved in Government for 30 years and visioning plans (they have changed them name of them over the years), tend to spend money and are thrown out whenever anything serious is discussed.So, IMHO, discussing the future and needs of Worthington. Awesome! Depending on or pointing to some plan that is outdated before it is finished and which certainly cannot consider all or even a good portion of the details for a specific instance will not work.30 years of experience. Every plan was thrown out the window once a serious topic comes up. It just isn't possible to plan this way IMHO.
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    • Kathryn Burris 4 months ago
      Thank you for your comments and for sharing your experience. The hope and intent is the Worthington community will work together to avoid that pitfall. Please note the community meeting previously scheduled for March 30 has been postponed. Future dates will be posted on this website. Thanks again for your participation.
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    • Admin Commented Cynthia Bent Findlay 2 months ago
      Wdnadolny, are you talking about such plans just in Worthington, or overall in government that you've observed? Are there other localities that have managed to turn visions into action that you know of, and if so, how did they do it?
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  • Mapletree 4 months ago
    Better housing options for retirees, or people downsizing are needed.
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    • LauraAbu-Absi 4 months ago
      Great point - we expect a lot of conversation around Worthington's housing mix through this process and appreciate you raising this need.
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    • Admin Commented Cynthia Bent Findlay 2 months ago
      Mapletree, are there other retiree housing projects in the Central Ohio area you think are good ones that Worthingtonians would like to see here?
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      • Mapletree 2 months ago
        First off I wouldn’t look at it as just an area for retirees but include those that are working toward downsizing. People are looking for affordable housing that allows them to stay independent longer. Condos could be the one floor attached type (ranch like structures). Key is the association is taking care of the outside. There is at least a clubhouse for people to socialize at. It would be great to have easy access to restaurants and some retail. Epcon developments are probably an example but for many the price is too high. You don’t need all the amenities Epcon offers because we have Worthington Community Center.
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        • 30+year resident 2 months ago
          You raise some really good points. Retirement housing does not necessarily mean a designated retirement community. The apartments at the Worthington Mall are a good example of one possibility. Some people will prefer to stay in their single family homes. Some will prefer to move to a smaller home, which is becoming increasingly difficult in Worthington as real estate speculators replace small houses with large houses. The high real estate prices and aged housing stock also makes this unaffordable for many.Most recognize that ranch-style, single-level living space is ideal for older people. However, most existing apartments in Worthington were built in the 1960s and 70s with multiple floors and less-accessible layouts.I would add walkability and bike-ability to the requirements for my ideal retirement apartment. It would be wonderful to be able to walk or bike to the grocery, drugstore, library, senior center, downtown, etc. The UMCH and Harding properties are Worthington's last chance to build walkable and bike-able neighborhoods.However, I believe I will probably have to look elsewhere when it comes time to downsize.
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  • rjc 4 months ago
    I'd love to see us develop our open spaces (UMCH and Anthem Insurance) intosomething akin to the Short North, Dublin Bridge Park, etc. Even land lockedArlington found a way to improve upon Lane Avenue.Something that combines residential living with dining, shopping, green spaceand attractions in a walkable environment.I believe this would attract more buyers and keep our city vibrant.I love Worthington and have lived her for more than 20 years. It's a great cityhowever, I find that all I do is live here. I don't shop here, grocery or retail,and don't dine here. All my money goes other places. I'd love to see that change.
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    • Sue 4 months ago
      We make a practice of shopping locally, even though the prices may be higher and the selection limited. Small businesses are challenged to compete with larger stores so if we want an array of businesses in Worthington, we need to regularly support them. Dublin and Arlington have lost their character and look like many other suburbs of today. Unique is good and I hope the future of Worthington includes a concerted effort to develop in a uniquely Worthington way.
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    • Admin Commented mattlees 4 months ago
      Thanks for your ideas. I hope you'll be able to join us on March 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Worthington Education Center for our first large resident feedback event. We'll be looking at Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results that will keep Worthington a great place to live.
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    • sacorvi 3 months ago
      Having been a resident for 20 years I have noticed the city doing nothing to redevelop these spaces like the UMCH, Anthem, downtown, Wilson Bridge Road and Huntley Road. The mall has been a ghost town for 30 years. Other suburbs are already developing there small cities to meet the needs of the residents. The things mentioned earlier have gone unnoticed for so long and now we are way behind. remember we don't have to reinvent the wheel, it works in other suburbs. More importantly I would like to see the city work on beautification, not onlu in the downtown ares but in the neighborhoods. A good start would be holding residents accountable on some of the basic city codes which property owners should be held responsible for.
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      • Kathryn Burris 2 months ago
        Thank you for taking the time to share your views on Shape Our Future. Everyone's viewpoint is very important in gathering an accurate tabulation of residents' perspectives. Please continue to share your ideas on this website.
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    • CW 3 months ago
      I completely agree RJC. My family and I moved here a few years ago and have watched the neighborhood begin to change to a younger generation. However, as you stated all we do is live here. We find are forced to find other places outside of Worthington to spend our time and money. We love to visit the other locations you mentioned as it caters to all. My family and I would love to see the discussed spaces developed to keep pace with the neighboring suburbs.
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      • Catey Corl 2 months ago
        Thanks CW for sharing your thoughts. Can you tell us more about the kinds of things you go outside of Worthington to spend time/money on, or what kinds of things you would love to see here in Worthington?
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    • Admin Commented mattlees 3 months ago
      There was a great story in Forbes about how Dublin found a way to literally bridge their old and new with bridge park. It would be nice if Worthington could do the same by respecting our traditions/historic district and developing a newer/revitalized space.
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    • Kathryn Burris 2 months ago
      Thank you for participating in Shape Our Future. Please continue to visit this website and use the opportunities to communicate the specific kinds of businesses that you would like to see and would patronize in Worthington. It is important for the Visioning Committee to know specifically what residents want. Thank you.
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  • Ruby86 4 months ago
    I'd like to see some sort of streetcar/bus the goes north south on high. Maybe Graceland to Campusview or Worthington Mall. To stimulate business on weekends days and nights.
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    • LauraAbu-Absi 4 months ago
      Appreciate the suggestion! Public transit will be coming up, and this specific ask with a goal in mind is great to have on the table.
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      • SueH 4 months ago
        As someone who lives west of 315 ("New" Worthington, I guess, since "Old" Worthington has signs at the exits pointing to eastward!), we also need an East-West shuttle service on 161 (streetcars would be terrific) for the same reason. Parking is so limited in the downtown, a shuttle service is needed now, not later! The Worthington, Crosswoods, Linworth, Graceland, et al, businesses should pay for this service as they will be the primary benefactors of it. What a great way to meet our neighbors!
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        • Admin Commented Cynthia Bent Findlay 4 months ago
          Actually, COTA was wanting to add this service all the way along from at least Busch Boulevard to connect with NS service - the more people who respond that they want to support this in Worthington, the more likely we would be to be able to achieve it, so thank you for your comment!
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  • Lina 4 months ago
    Most, if not all outdoor trees and plants in parks, around businesses, on city property, and even in private yards should be native, in order to reduce water and pesticide use and in order to support wildlife corridors. All invasive vegetation should be removed. Wildlife corridors support healthy and diverse wildlife populations.
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    • Lisa 4 months ago
      I second this. This community has the means to actively work toward better overall community health--which goes beyond bike paths and tennis courts--and to be a leader in promoting environmental sustainability.
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    • Admin Commented mattlees 4 months ago
      Thanks for your ideas. I hope you'll be able to join us on March 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Worthington Education Center for our first large resident feedback event. We'll be looking at Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results that will keep Worthington a great place to live.
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