It has been a little over a week since I published the blog post, Lebanon Paper Box: Day 40, and hit social media to solicit some suggestions and ideas about what the community would like to see at this predominant landmark in Lebanon City. The suggestions have been enlightening and has provided a glimpse of what is on the minds of the community, albeit only a small segment was sampled. I have received feedback from over 50 residents thus far.
Below is a consolidated recap of the suggestions that I have received. They are not listed in any particular order. Some of the ideas come as no surprise, while others were very unexpected…
- Homeless shelter
- Veteran shelter
- Roller skating rink
- Something tech related and interesting
- Recreation center
- Retail stores
- Apartment building with affordable housing
- Ballerina school
- Art gallery and studios
- Karate school
- Public clinic
- Go karts
- Something similar to the GoggleWorks in Reading
- Trampoline park
- Museum of the history of Lebanon
- Grocery store
- Skate park
- Place for kids to play
- Community center
- Lebanon annex of the Spooky Nook Sports complex
- Connect with the Lebanon county Career and Technology Center during renovation
- Great location with a bike trail. I’d be so happy just to see it restored
A common thread, throughout a majority of the suggestions, is that Lebanon City is in need of community events and affordable things for residents to do. Primarily for the younger residents. It’s also clear to see that there is a lot of pride for the city and residents are passionate about providing programs for the homeless and our Veterans.
Based on all of this information, I have some research to do to better understand what programs already exist and where there may be some gaps to fill. Perhaps there are already some things in place that may require some public education, or perhaps not. Ultimately, the extent of feedback is motivating in that there is a community that cares. In time, there will be the a call for participation and action to help bring opportunities to fruition, this will be the true test of the community spirit.
The call for suggestions has not only spawned a list of ideas, but it has also created some dialogue between residents on the official Facebook page of the Lebanon Paper Box building. The conversations have been a mixture of constructive and destructive criticism. I have not been moderating the conversation as I want everyone’s voice to be heard. After all, criticism is a sign of doing something and making a contribution.
“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”
In the meantime, keep the ideas and suggestions coming! Also, give some thought to how some of these ideas can be accomplished though other initiatives. This is just one building in the City of Lebanon, but it can be a part of a bigger movement to help bring life into the surrounding community. This is bigger than one person or one building and it is going to require the effort of many.
If you want to become more involved in the Lebanon community, but don’t know where to start, feel free to reach out and I can help.