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Our View: Neighborhood survey will paint picture of Wausau

4:03 PM, May 2, 2013  |  Comments
This well-kept house typifies some of the best qualities of Wausau's near east side neighborhood. It is close to the 400 Block, has a beautiful front porch and exhibits the style of architecture common in the neighborhood. Photo taken, Friday, April 12, 2013.
This well-kept house typifies some of the best qualities of Wausau's near east side neighborhood. It is close to the 400 Block, has a beautiful front porch and exhibits the style of architecture common in the neighborhood. Photo taken, Friday, April 12, 2013.
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What do you love about your neighborhood? What are the worst things about it? How has it changed since you moved there, and were those changes for the better or the worse?

The city of Wausau will ask residents to weigh in on questions like these in a new survey expected to be sent this month. The city will take responses by paper and on its website.

Opinions about these questions inevitably will be as varied as the residents themselves, but overall - and especially over time - the survey results should help to guide Wausau's efforts to respond to residents' problems and concerns about where they live.

Here at Daily Herald Media, we have seen from our readers' reactions to our reporting that opinions about Wausau neighborhoods are far from monolithic. One resident's "old and rundown" is another's "quaint and historic." And everyone, even in non-blighted areas, is sensitive to issues such as crime and property code violations.

One of the things identified by City Council President Lisa Rasmussen is the concern that "no one knows their neighbors in some of these areas," as Rasmussen told the Daily Herald. The loss of social capital in some city neighborhoods matters - it has a lot to do with the image people have of the places they live. It's why efforts of the center-city Neighbor To Neighbor group matter.

But every neighborhood in the city has its own points of pride and its own challenges. We urge residents to take the time to complete the surveys when they receive them. We'll provide links to the online version once it's up.

Meantime, take a few minutes to ask yourself what you see as the best and worst things about living where you do. What makes you happy about your neighborhood? How has it changed for the better? What needs improvement? What's changed for the worse?

To get the conversation flowing, we invite readers to submit a paragraph or two about where they live. Mail your responses to the address on this page, or email them to opinion@wdhprint.com with "My neighborhood" in the subject line.

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