Shepherding: Its Time Has Come
Over the last several years, REVITALIZATION and REGIONALISM have become the “buzz” word when in discussing concerns about Downtown Warren.
I have another word which should have as much power as both of those do, SHEPHERDING.
SHEPHERDING is a very viable concept when talking about the Parks.
Let groups such as the Boy Scouts; Churches; Senior Citizens Organizations; Veteran Organizations and Auxiliaries; Garden Clubs and Schools, take sections of the Riverwalk, Packard and Perkins Parks and let them be responsible for cleaning, planting and in general maintaining the quality of life of these “Family Oasis”.
By inviting these groups to participate in a Shepherding Program, the Community would have ownership and the City would benefit.
One could take the idea even further by using it for the Historic Courthouse Square.
By letting Organizations and other business Shepherd the vacant buildings, they could use the empty Store Front windows to promote their Organizations or Businesses and in return they would maintain and clean the area in front of those Empty Stores.
A good example of how it would look is the Old Army Navy Recruiting Facility and the window displays for the BLUE IRIS CAFE and PARKSIDE VINTAGE.
Before MARKET on the SQUARE was developed in the Taylor Building, they were constantly displaying Fine Arts Council, School and Red Cross material.
SHEPHERDING should be another TOOL in this City Administrations “Tool Box.”