Resident input is a big buzzword these days. You’ll see it in various articles, proposals and plans. If you think that resident input is a big, happy group of people in a room solving problems together you might be close to the truth, sometimes. There are varying degrees of involvement ranging from the big surprise to relatively minor decisions.

Weinland Park Urban Improvement

The newest art/class project disguised as a resident input project vehicle is a problem. You may have noticed the red kiosk things with stickers on them asking residents about what should be on the lot. The problem is that it’s a parlor game at best because  almost all of the land use decisions about the lots and houses have been made already. The brochure references the MORPC agrarian overlay but there is already a committee for resident input.The bottom line about the whole exercise is rather harsh; it’s already been decided and there’s as good a chance of Santa’s Workshop being on the site as whatever was written on the sticker. But you don’t get that from the project.

The project is under the auspices of the Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture. Apparently it riffs off this:

And the kids say:

The problem is that it gives the impression that this classroom exercise is really a vehicle for resident input when the decision has already been made. This is just going to alienate people who thought they were part of the process when in reality the input process took place somewhere else. It’s difficult enough for residents to try and keep up with the rapidly changing developments. Not that classroom exercises are bad but they should be clearly labeled as such. Otherwise it’s really a mean planning practical joke on the neighborhood.

This is not nice. There’s not going to be a pool, park or garden here. It was decided long ago that there are going to be 10 houses. (The number was decided by residents). There was some wish for a park but some entity would have to foot the bill for the back taxes and asbestos abatement. To further complicate the matter apparently the city doesn’t want anymore parks to maintain.

1492 Hamlet Street. Garden is the wrong answer. This lot is going to be a Habitat for Humanity house in the spring. Arguably the high point of resident input so far the redesigned especially for Weinland Park  Habitat House ought to blend in nicely with the existing streetscape.

It’s probably not going to be a dope house or gay bar at this lot on 5th Street. The wish that it just be safe for children is a little poignant.

It’s probably going to be a house but penis sculpture is an interesting choice.