Neighborhood workshop great chance for residents to influence decisions

The character and qualities of a neighborhood have a lot to do with the involvement of its residents. Neighborhood watches are an example.

Residents concerned about and fed up with crime in the neighborhood work with police on setting up neighborhood watch groups so they’re better equipped to be on the lookout for suspicious activity, and more likely to call for police assistance when needed. As a result, their vigilant efforts help to reduce the crime rate.

Activism by residents who attend local government meetings or talk to their elected officials also can influence whether a certain type of business or industry can locate in or near the neighborhood.

The more residents are involved in their neighborhood, the more they can influence its present and future.

Central Columbus residents have such an opportunity. People living near the former Golden Castings Foundry can share their thoughts on how the neighborhood should develop in the future. A three-day public workshop is Tuesday through Thursday at the United Way Building, 1531 13th St. The sessions are 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The first session will focus on current conditions, the second on preliminary recommendations for developments in the area and the third on draft recommendations of future developments.

The neighborhood has experienced development of apartments and buildings repurposed as restaurants or stores. However, city planners would like feedback from residents to help guide the vision for the area.

Such input is valuable.

Residents know what they want and what is important to them. Sharing those thoughts will aid in the development of the neighborhood that has a southern boundary at Sixth Street just north of Cummins’ Columbus Engine Plant, and a northern boundary of 19th Street between Chestnut Street and Lincoln Park.

This central area of Columbus has a lot of potential, and it’s more likely to be realized if its residents take an active role. Participating in the three-day workshop is a perfect opportunity.

For more information

For more information about the Central Columbus Neighborhood Workshop Tuesday through Thursday, call 812-376-2550 or go online at