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Morse Road corridor

Design workshop will help set 'strategic vision'


All is in place for a March 19 gathering at which Northland residents may express their likes, dislikes and disappointments with the Morse Road corridor.

Now all that's needed are the people to share their views.

"Everything's pretty well planned out," said Joyce Bourgault, chairwoman of the Northland Alliance. "We just need to get the word out to the community about coming to participate.

"It's going to be a pretty busy morning."

Jesus J. Lara, an associate professor in the City and Regional Planning Section at the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University, and some of his students will conduct "Neighborhood Design Workshop: Come and Tell Us About Your Neighborhood" from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, at the Haimerl Center, 1421 Morse Road.

According to a flier Lara prepared for the event, the information gained at the workshop will be used to guide a "strategic vision" for the area.

"This is kind of the first attempt at doing it with the general public," Bourgault said.

There will probably be other sessions at which residents can discuss various aspects of the neighborhood, she said.

Possible discussion topics include:

* Suppose I was visiting from out of town. What is the real Northland like?

* What would you like to see this area become?

* What do you like about it now?

* What do you not like about it, would improve?

* What makes this area unique?

The format for the gathering will include small discussion groups and sharing sessions, according to the flier.

Bourgault said she hopes some concrete suggestions for infrastructure improvements to the corridor, such as additional park space, come out of the service-learning project for Lara's students.

"We want to try to get as many people as possible there," Bourgault said.

Those planning to attend are asked to sign up by Tuesday, March 18, by calling 614-262-5094 or sending an email to

Refreshments will be served during the workshop.

The results will eventually be available online, according to Lara's flier.