Dustin James wrote:
Back to the point I was trying to make, on where are we headed, and who is driving the bus, and where are the damn plans!
Again, a very good presentation of points and I have to agree with you. The exercise you present of the real world issues of over-cluttered signage, electrical wire visual pollution and perhaps a signage ordinance that could be reexamined if these first two were solved, is self evident. What would it take to expand on this exercise?
First the city and the region is very cash poor. This takes me back to my original comment. Who is paying for
these studies? If it is from grants that can be used for nothing else but wayfinding. Thank you for finding the
money and doing the study. If this is Lakewood pays any part of this, what is the reason? who are we serving?
is there a better way to spend this money? etc. It was my understanding that over a year ago a bill was
submitted to Lakewood for $71,000 er $38,000 for this "volunteer sign committee." Well if we have Gary Rice's
father carrying his grabage to the curb for sign studies, or we have stopped senior meals programs
for sign studies, then I am more than a little disappointed.
Right now, the only things that benefit from way finding is maybe 5 businesses in downtown, Lakewood Park,
the skate park, and three festivals. So again I would ask, Do we need way finding for this, and who
should pay? Certainly the city should pay for the festivals with help from them. But if it is to get drivers from
I-90 to one of the ever growing popular restaurants in downtown Lakewood, maybe they should pay through
the Chamber of Commerce as it is done in other cities.
Dustin James wrote:
Seriously. Take a series of photographs of typical Lakewood areas, like those of Red Bank, New Jersey. Photoshop out all the clutter, just to reveal what is already there. Then find out what it might cost to hide all the electricity behind the stores and underground. Talk about way finding. You don't need any of it if you can actually see the stores again.
The city has become a hodge podge of various ideas never completed or done half assed with no serious
thought in maintaining, or outcome. Much of it is as bad as my post of Red Bank, NJ. Hey it works there
lets do it. No study no understanding, no purpose or long term plan. It occurred to me last night that one
possible reason for no long term plans, is that plans can be used against people in elections. That planning
allows others to gauge success and failure, that plans allow others to actually open their mouths and object, which has derailed some god awful projects in the past. AND plans cost money, Lakewood has none. Recently
I have heard of a switch from Levin College of Urban Affairs to Kent State's Urban Planning Department, this
would be seen as a very good thing. Kent State's UPD is very sharp. But it still gets back to, do they
understand Lakewood? Our pluses and minuses? Or are they using us for th grand experiment in
Dustin James wrote:
As for the I-90 part, I thought it was problem based on other commentary, however it sounds like there are much better core issues to solve. If you could revitalize to look like the New Jersey town example, word of mouth would take care of the rest. Just sayin.
The secret to Lakewood's future is very, very simple, and like Dorthy in the Wizard of Oz, has always been with
us. Lakewood for some strange reason is perfectly suited for now and the future, whatever that future is. Nice
homes that are interesting and serve a very diverse population from rich to poor, from renters to first time
home buyers to second time home buyers to retirees.
We have a wealth of business opportunities, store fronts can be had for as little as $400 a month, to $6,000
a month. this gives us a great chance to find various businesses that fit into our city, and can serve what has
always been a very nice, very quiet bedroom community that has proven time and again we are dedicated to
education, healthcare, civic intelligence, and involvement, and a comfortable way of life.
Again, this is why I ask, Where are we headed? Is there a plan? What is it? Who pays for it?