New Albany Renewal

New Albany Renewal is intended to serve as a repository for ideas relevant to preserving and restoring historic buildings, cleaning up neighboorhoods, revitalizing downtown, and improving the quality of life in New Albany, Indiana.

Location: New Albany, Indiana

Saturday, January 29, 2005

If You Know Where You Are Going . . .

. . . it's easier to get there. Does New Albany have a plan?

Take a look at the Asheville, NC city website and make sure to read the Strategic Operating Plan (select it from the drop-down menu under "Featuring"). Asheville has a comphrensive plan that includes funding for small business development among other things.


Blogger edward parish said...

NA Girl here is the skinny on a city of 68889 that has a decisive plan for what direction they want to head in. We have stooped through Asheville many times enroute to our son's place in Charleston,SC and have watched how Asheville has morphed over the last few years. Yes, they take advantage of being next to I-40 and I-26 but the downtown is well removed away from each, but yet they have percivered with their downtown, instead of turning a blindseye and watching it decay and die.

10:56 AM  
Blogger na girl said...

Thanks for the Asheville website. It is exactly the kind of information that we should be looking at.

2:20 PM  
Blogger Kevin Zurschmiede said...

Asheville has a couple of attractions that NA doesn't.
First and foremost it has MOUNTAINS.
Second it has one of the largest, grandest, homes in the US , VANDERBILT"s MANSION BILTMORE!!!!!!!!
Those 2 are quite a draw for tourists.
Let me know if anyone wants to build a Mansion as big as Biltmore. I'll be there.

9:29 AM  
Blogger All4Word said...

Ah, but, Kevin.

I'm from that region and I'd have to say I visited Biltmore about once for every ten times I visited Asheville, more than 100 miles away from my home. Granted, driving THROUGH the mountains is nice, and the fall color change brings many overnighters, but downtown Asheville is, itself, a tourist draw while still maintaining its commercial character.

Your point is well taken, though. I think NA Girl and Ed are more impressed with the strategic plan itself more than the particular elements of the Asheville renaissance. So am I. Would that the vision and consensus that city built could come here.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Kevin Zurschmiede said...

I would agree that New ALbany needs to come up with a plan. That would be the best way to get this city on the right track.
It seems reasonable to me to use another cities plan as one to pattern ours after.
There have been plans before and they seem to go by the way side with each administration change.
I have no idea why each new Mayor thinks it is such a good idea to kick previous workers to the curb and hire there friends and family.
Imagine if the new CEO at Papa John's just told everyone to get out and brought all new folks on board. What a laughing stock It would be.
I doubt John Schnatter would be very happy after a year. Kind of like the situation we are in here in New Albany. Not sure whats going to happen here in NA but I bet it gets worse before it improves. I'll let you know if my trash gets picked up tommorrow.
By the way isn't Asheville's city web site wonderful.

7:51 PM  
Blogger na girl said...

Just wanted to note that the point of this post was that New Albany needs a strategic plan. I am not suggesting that we attempt to create a mountain range, build a really big mansion, or that we adopt Asheville's plan. I am JUST suggesting that we look at Asheville's strategic plan as a model for a plan of our own.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Brandon W. Smith said...

Wow...that website just oozes vision. They are doing some fantastic things in that town unconnected with mountains and the mansion. That website makes me want to live in Asheville. Any town the openly promotes its skate park, for instance, definitely has a clue.

There is no reason we couldn't have a website like that. I bet we could find some IUS IT/graphic design students that would do just as good of a job for 1/2 the price...and if you could work out something between the city and the university where 1 or 2 students could get some academic credit + a little pay for maintaining it...BAM...there's your affordable, fantastic website.

2:37 PM  
Blogger Kevin Zurschmiede said...

Thats a great idea
One problem comes to mind and that is keeping the web site up to date.
Not sure who was working on that in the previous administration.
Also not sure once we have a decent Web site how much effort is involved in keeping the site up to date.
I'm sure the more time the better site.
The IUS connection seems very feasible to me.
Maybe it could be an ongoing project for the university.
It seems to me that it could benefit them in several ways and visa versa for the City.

6:31 PM  
Blogger The New Albanian said...

Something that has occurred to me while exploring Portland is the extent to which New Albany has become utterly divorced from its riverport origins. Everything about Portland, Maine, points to the ocean and the human endeavors connected to the ocean.

At least a portion of Louisville's recent redevelopment success surely must be owed to rediscovering its river.

Funny that Louisville has its own Portland ... and Portland has its own museum, and if I recall, that museum has much content pertaining to the river.

Not sure what any of this means; just thinking aloud.

9:56 AM  
Blogger All4Word said...

Yes, New Albanian. Yes. As a newcomer, I'm constantly told about the rich heritage of river commerce and shipbuilding, but without a birds-eye view, you'd think the river were just a barrier to reaching Louisville, not the once and future lifeblood of the city.

1:30 PM  
Blogger bluegill said...

Brandon's exactly on track with his comments about IUS graphic design students. I work in IT at IUS and recently helped a faculty member complete a proposal to create a student-run design center on campus.

Essentially, students in graphic design, writing, and advertising tracks would intern in the center for academic credit doing pro bono design work for local non-profits.

The organizations would benefit from expertise they normally couldn't afford, the students would get practical experience working with real clients and a chance to grow their portfolios, and IUS would have the opportunity to prove itself a positive force in regional development.

The proposal is one of many being considered and may or may not receive funding. I'll keep everyone posted as I'm able. If you want more details about the design center and other proposals, shoot me an email.

8:56 AM  
Blogger bluegill said...

The Portland/NA connection is an interesting one. I've often thought that NA should explore the possiblities of forming some type of partnership with our friends directly across the river. They share much of our heritage and some common problems, including the need for redevelopment.

A ride on an authentic ferry could connect spots of interest on both sides and be an attraction itself.

9:13 AM  
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