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Ideas sought to update plan for Marietta

May 1, 2013

For the last eight months Marietta’s newly-reconstituted Development Advisory Board has been meeting regularly to review a document titled, “Pioneering the Future. Marietta’s City Comprehensive Plan....

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Tessie

May-02-13 10:53 AM

I completely agree with your statements Harleyrider and CitizenCane. Marietta is a gem in need of a little more polish. Remember though that it's very easy to sit outside and condemn the efforts of council. Perhaps you should step up and help the vision become the reality.

Josh you are a younger man who thinks everything will be better when the older generation is worm food. You are a twit and you don't have a clue.

Lots of young people leave the areas they're from because they often think the grass is greener on the other side. And it often is. They seek a geographic cure to whatever is "wrong" or they are seeking adventure. Just as many people have come to Washington County as have left according to the census.

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armybrat

May-01-13 6:34 PM

If only the people of Marietta could ever agree on anything. It is the old "my way or the highway".

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citizencane

May-01-13 3:29 PM

It would help to see the approaches to the downtown area (Pike Street, Route 60) cleaned up and have some zoning standards. Deserted neon colored buildings, littered fences, etc. may lead visitors to think it's not worth making the trip downtown. Communities that are serious about improving their image have low profile signage, clean thoroughfares, etc. even outside the main retail district. We have a gem of a city, it just needs more polish.

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citizencane

May-01-13 3:24 PM

Harley, spot on. We do have some young people who have been exposed to successful renewal projects in cities such as Cincinnati. They are bringing some of that knowledge and inspiration back to Marietta, but it will need to find support and like minded people if it's going to see any results.

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JoshBrown

May-01-13 1:54 PM

The city really won't change till the baby boomers are worm food .

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Harleyrider

May-01-13 1:43 PM

With the right plan Marietta could be a huge success. Think about a downtown with higher quality lofts amid a vibrant and exciting downtown. Jobs within walking distance. Quality store fronts, food and entertainment. Make downtown the centerpiece with the outlying areas having nice industrial parks and maybe a floating casino on the Muskingum. The fairgrounds used for summer concerts. Of course this vision takes a lot of money. It is up to city government to come up with the vision and facilitate that vision. The current city government has a hard time allowing mobile food vendors, so I doubt we see any grand vision put into place anytime soon.

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StoneCold

May-01-13 12:33 PM

Marietta has been committing suicide for years! Her biggest export has been her young people for decades.

My parents had 4 children and 3 of them left. I had 2 and they both left and this is typical of Marietta.

We have good schools and a great college and once our children are educated there is very little her to hold them. I have been told by many of our exports that they would love to come back to Marietta, but they can't because there is no opportunities for them to advance here.

Retirement communities are nice, BUT they need a vibrant community - with young people - around them to survive.

History and tourism are good things, but if that is all you have to offer your entire town will soon become history.

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Harleyrider

May-01-13 12:28 PM

JoshBrown, that would be fine too, but this area could really capitalize on tourism with a healthy gaming industry. Why not open a poker room? Partner with WV and having gaming riverboats. More money in the local economy benefits everyone.

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JoshBrown

May-01-13 11:58 AM

@ Harleyrider I think we need companies that do research and development not gambling which is a service industry.

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Harleyrider

May-01-13 11:41 AM

Marietta needs to attract businesses that pay well. They also need a viable revitalization plan for the downtown area. This area is a gold mine if the city would attempt to attract business. With the new gaming regulations, why can't Marietta capitalize on it?

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JoshBrown

May-01-13 10:24 AM

Sorry for the double post

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JoshBrown

May-01-13 10:23 AM

You won't have the younger generation staying in the city till it starts going more green.oil/gas drilling is not hip or in to them they are the green generation.The city needs to install wifi in the downtown even if no one uses it.We need to create an image of old town with high tec. With the air quality improving more people will move to the area.

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JoshBrown

May-01-13 10:23 AM

You won't have the younger generation staying in the city till it starts going more green.oil/gas drilling is not hip or in to them they are the green generation.The city needs to install wifi in the downtown even if no one uses it.We need to create an image of old town with high tec. With the air quality improving more people will move to the area.

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Tessie

May-01-13 10:06 AM

Stone, imho, many oldsters have much needed experience. We've made many mistakes, and some of us have learned from them. The best lessons come from failure you know? Younger people have much to offer but the world isn't all about them. Take it from me, who was once a younger person who thought the world revolved around me and my friends. Embracing and valuing people of all ages is necessary for success.

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Tessie

May-01-13 10:00 AM

I agree and disagree with both of you. Base of income change is inevitable as our environment changes. It always has been and always will be. Stone is absolutely right that Marietta's population is changing and aging, but no more rapidly than any other smallish city. And Josh is right too, that the manufacturing base will never be the same as it was before we cared about leaving a cleaner, healthier world for the future. This area needs to have proactive thinking, aka foresight. We need to look forward with our eyes focused on possibilities, instead of backward toward what once was. There's no need to reinvent the wheel either to learn from our past mistakes. Thought before action is key, but don't get so lost in thought that immobilization occurs.

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StoneCold

May-01-13 9:45 AM

We need a plan to continue to sit stagnant and die?

Yes let's turn Marietta into a retirement community with NO OPTIONS or FUTURES for our young people. A segment of our demographic that continues to shrink and will eventually disappear.

If we stop trying to bring jobs to this area all that will be left will be retired people and that is NOT good for Marietta - or anywhere for that matter.

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JoshBrown

May-01-13 7:57 AM

We need to stop worrying so much about companies moving here and get more people to move here.This is a great city to retire in and we need to get the message out to the rest of America.Plants aren't going to be built along the river anymore the EPA won't let them and the ones that are left are closing down.

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