With Worthington City Council voting against the New England Avenue, pocket park I keep thinking: They just don't get it.

To the Editor:

With Worthington City Council voting against the New England Avenue, pocket park I keep thinking: They just don't get it.

Through their remarks April 13, it's clear they missed the mark. They may have listened to our pleas, but they didn't hear us. Particularly, council member Scott Myers said he viewed this as not being about a park but rather about development.

As a park supporter, I'm not against development. I agree that good development has happened in Old Worthington, replacing the gas station with Dewey's and removing the car dealership to create the Rivage Antlantique and House Wine strip. These were solid development projects improving the downtown area. They benefit the city and citizens as a whole. A 2,200-square-foot, two-bedroom condo on a postage-size lot will benefit only the developer.

I'm a supporter of smart, balanced and appropriate development in an area that should be respected for its history, charm and uniqueness.

Myers also mentioned that development is coming, so get used to it. The Short North style is what young people want. It would be tragic if this is what City Council wants our historic area to be. As I stated in my testimony April 13, my husband and I moved from the Short North. We are young professionals with a family, and that's not what we want.

Instead of showing flexibility and welcoming an opportunity, they dug in their heels, sticking to their own agenda

It's as though they wanted to demonstrate that the citizens could not sway them, even after a donation of a firm $25,000 was offered in order to partner with them on the park's development. Rachael Dorothy's lack of faith in her constituents was apparent when she dismissed the legitimacy of this offer.

My sincere gratitude and appreciation go to Doug Smith and Bob Chosy, the only council members to support the park. They heard us and get it.

As for Bonnie Michael, Scott Myers, Rachael Dorothy, Michael Troper and David Norstrom, they just don't get it.

Natalie McCarthy
Worthington