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taylorbeeler - 8 years ago
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Chillicothe is a beautiful city, but downtown is taking a downturn. Like my previous article stated, enough is enough; and the time is here. 
     "Ohio's First Capital" is a slogan that no other city in Ohio can lean on. Not only Ohio's first capital, though, Chillicothe was also the capital of the Northwest Territory, which stretched from the Ohio River through Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and parts of Minnesota. With a rich history like that, you bet our city would thrive off of it. Thrive, being the main point. 
     In the modern era that we are living in today, we as the citizens of Chillicothe cannot allow the city to thrive on a slogan any longer. Look at downtown; the Carlisle Building project which is a dead end deal, and barely any parking for consumers that would be shopping in the many small business' located downtown.
     Chillicothe clearly needs a new direction. Trying to raise taxes to fix a privately owned building? Purchasing the former AEP building when we already have a location for municiple court? If you see it the way I do, you're seeing money being wasted, and bad decisions being made.
     It's time to move on from our roots. We are, and will always be Ohio's First Capital no matter what we do. People will appreciate that fact forever. But does that mean that we have to thrive in it? No. it does not. We need to step up in the modern age. We need to keep our city flourishing as the regions #1 economic powerhouse, and we need to work with business' to bring in more selection for the entire region; bringing in more money to the city.
     Look at Ashland, KY: We are bigger in size population wise, yet they have a mall full of places that people love to go to. Chillicothe goes to shop there. People shop at places like Old Navy, American Eagle, American Apparel, etc. And being a city bigger than cities that have such a selection, we can, and we need to take full advantage of our economic status. I'm going to school at Morehead State University majoring in Government, and i've met people from all over southeastern Ohio. Meeting people from Portsmouth, Jackson, etc, I hear the same thing. "Oh you're from Chillicothe? That's where we all go to shop and have fun." We are the place to go, why not take that information to the bank? Ashland, like I said before, knows the potential, and they are tapping into that. We need not let the oppertunity run away from us. The time to step up and keep up with the economy is now. And you know what, we have a mall ready for such business'. Dunhams can't keep that place alive by itself forever.
     I imagine a modern Chillicothe, with people coming from all over southern Ohio, like they already do, bringing in more money to Chillicothe in the modern age. Downtown needs a turnaround, a parking garage for business' would be a great start. Our local government needs to take advantage of the potential of the City, and we as citizens need to support such acts. We can't let our city stay in the old, that would mean watching it slowly becoming less and less of a wonderful place to live.
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