Planning, planning, planning.  It’s the Weinland Park way. As we move towards ground breaking and renovations it’s a fair bet that the neighborhood is going to look a little different but in many ways be very much the same. And that’s a good thing. Here’s a pdf of neighborhood housing changes.

WP Activity – 1-10-11

Throughout the planning process your local blogger and others have been concerned about the designs of the houses. Not only whether they would fit architecturally into the neighborhood but whether some would be stigmatized by design or poverty by design as I refer to it. Although mixed income is the desired outcome mixed design is not. In short, while your income may not be as much or less as the your neighbor it will not be reflected in the design, height, setback,  or materials used in the your renovated or new build home.  The Low Income Tax Credit homes will be indistinguishable from the market rate homes across the street. Habitat for Humanity in conjunction with the Columbus Foundation and Wagenbrenner Development were gracious in altering the design of their houses to match the height, roof pitch, foundation height, and porch depth and width of houses in the neighborhood. (More on this in other posts) You won’t be able to tell income from the outside, or inside for that matter. In the end the desired outcome is that you might be rich or poor in Weinland Park but we’re all going to be neighbors. And that means neighborly things like looking out for each other, bake sales, beautification and barbecues. Since some of the neighborhood residents who weren’t really as neighborly as we’d like have been removed from Weinland Park spring ought to bring not only new houses but also new interaction from everyone who is still here.