Each participant wrote in their ideas and dreams on suggestion cards that began, “I wish this could be…” Member of Partners for Progress will meet Wednesday, July 24, to begin assembling the numerous responses received so far into documents to be used for future development planning and for use in seeking grants to help in making dreams into realities.
Dream walkers were also asked to consider and share additional ideas including: Suggestions for the second story of downtown buildings as well as street levels; suggestions on how to improve the downtown area; list any buildings that should be torn down; whether parking should be added and where; and to name other communities that have revitalized their downtowns as well.
In addition, many people are adding their names, phone numbers and e-mails to a growing list of people who want to help in future efforts to improve the community.
One of the unique aspects of Partners for Progress is that it is a joint effort of both City and Rush County leaders including Mayor Mike Pavey and County Council member Gerald Mohr, alongside individuals in education, the faith community, agriculture, the environment, foundations, businesses, communications, homemakers and more who joined in the walk.
The Dream Walk was a beginning step in one of Partners for Progress’ projects which is to assess the needs of the downtown district of Rushville. Everyone interested in the future of the downtown district of Rushville is encouraged to add their voices and ideas to the suggestions already received.
Participants, when asked to dream of how these spaces could be used, placed a sticky note with their idea on the storefront after the phrase, “I wish this could be…” and answered more than 480 times. They began the process of envisioning the ideal components of a small, rural downtown and awakening ideas. For example, do we need a specific kind of business or service in Rushville? Are there amenities you’d like to see in the downtown area? Green space? Parking? Demolition? Don’t forget to look up – how could the second stories of existing buildings be used? What kind of downtown would you like to see, building by building, lot by lot? Come be a part of dreaming about Rushville’s future and share your ideas!