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LIMA — The Lima News received more than 300 responses from its “Future of Lima” regional survey, including more than a few comments, ranging from one-word responses to a what could be considered a lengthy blog post. Either way, we wanted to make those comments available to the wider public as a cross section of Lima’s thoughts on its problems and potential solutions.

Using the data gathered, the Lima News will pursuing a number of stories related to survey responses such as entertainment, housing and the region’s relationship with surrounding metropolitan areas.

A total of 90 percent of respondents self-identified from being from Allen County. The remainder self-identified from the surrounding counties of Hardin, Auglaize, Putnam and Van Wert.

  • Lima does not lack amenities or services but rather its citizens & leaders lack the ability to market Lima in a positive way. It continues to lack an aggressive response to the negative stereotypes it routinely receives within our region. It lacks control of its own narrative, seeks to promulgate perpetual divisiveness, spends dollars to save dimes, and tolerates decay. You need only compare the condition of our county courthouse & downtown re-development of the county seats to that of Logan & Hancock to recognize the systemic root of Lima’s problems. Lima-Allen County is a good place to live that sadly suffers from an image problem not a lack of amenities or services problem.
  • “More natural minded doctors and healthcare at hospitals.
  • Entertainment, downtown shopping and other amenities. Much of downtown is “run-down”
  • There is some good local business that have stuck around through the years, but it’s hard for much artistic or musical folk to make a living here compared to other cities. For example, many a local musician dream of playing the Ohio Theater but the owner seems to think it’s the Cleveland House of Blues or something, not many can afford to pay so much rent for a venue in a city this small, so they miss out on a lot of good shows that would entertain at hundreds of people by nationally and internationally known artists. Lots of famous people would gladly play here but locals wanna not promote right, or manage it poorly so big shows are few and far between. Then people continue to lose interest when something good actually happens ‘cuz they figure it’ll be a lackluster as usual.
  • Many go elsewhere for their regular entertainment.
  • I’ve noticed many folk in town also just have this “eh, good enough” mindset for things that are mediocre or in disrepair. It’s good for cheap living here, that and being from the area is the only reason I’ve not moved yet. Locals shop online too much and are too engaged in streaming digital media to support local businesses like they always have.
  • need more things for kids
  • Diversity…not just racial…but political, religious, ethnic,
  • National leadership in education, media, and business. It’s all very confined to what it always has been. There’s so little innovation
  • Technology/Transportation/Regional Transportation
  • Regional cooperation…it’s like it’s more important for someone to live “outside the city limits” than for the region to succeed. That doesn’t just go for Lima, but several area communities. Lima could easily be the 7th or 8th largest city the state which would make the entire region more attractive, if we had more regional cooperation and less living in our own silos
  • None
  • Arts. Entertainment. Shopping. Sports venue. Outlet mall. Small shops.
  • Quality, affordable entertainment for families.
  • Make downtown a destination. If the mall is emptying out, give the businesses leaving the mall a reason to come back downtown. Make downtown an entertainment district with a food court and entertainment; when/if Rhodes State comes downtown, give students a reason to stay past class hours. Media PA had four Sundays a summer where they had flea market events and would shut down the main downtown street to host it. One of these Super Sundays was a food festival. Lima COULD do this and bring people downtown.
  • Quality shopping including groceries and more restaurants
  • Limited Retail Options - ideal additions Dick Sports and Kroger
  • Quality Housing..
  • Aggressive action to tear down old housing.
  • Emphasis on the arts, local food options, Rally in the Square. Things to do on the weekend.
  • Engagements for young adults.
  • Entertainment that’s affordable. Would like to go to functions at the park without a fight starting or possible shooting
  • Better doctors
  • There are things to do but nothing really nice..moneys spent would be better utilized by locating businesses, trails,bike paths, movie theaters in a general area where you could park, take a stroll, visit a specialty store, etc. Make a destination to spend quality time as an outing
  • There is still a lack of support for local and regional art. I have seen improvements in the last few years but we are nowhere near where we need to be. I left Lima to attend The Ohio State University in Columbus and the main reason I was hesitant about returning was the lack of things to do for people my age. We have to push the status quo and provide new experiences if we want to be able to attract young professionals/new families. We can add countless jobs to the community but If we don’t provide these amenities prospective newcomers won’t see Lima as a place they can build a life and raise a family.
  • Bus service is unneeded now that we have Lyft.
  • Mayors focus on the community should be to bring in business, and not promote and importing more low rent and unemployed people who need services.. Success should be the number of people employed and paying taxes.
  • We need an ethical building department, and not one which seeks conflict with investors. The goal is to HELP people get businesses going in this town, not discourage them to go out of the city or county.
  • Grocery competition. Variety of upscale restaurants. Banquet facilities. Cable/TV competition.
  • Economic development services - need to promote the city as a good place to do business
  • Safety and drug use. My husband bought his lunch and took it to Faurot Park because it was a nice day. He sat at a table in the park. A man came up to him and told him to leave because this was his territory. When he went back to work, he called the police department. He was told next time eat somewhere else. That was not acceptable!
  • I believe Lima, as do many Midwest Industrial communities, suffer from a great deal of urban blight and decay. Our cities entryway points from the interstate and other locales lack eye appeal. We have a plethora of homes suffering from significant disrepair and general livability. We have a downtown that while improving, lacks the energy and attraction that other similar sized communities can offer, such as Findlay. Lima’s crime rate and drug problem are certainly not unique, yet one item that is easily visible to our residents, visitors and our neighboring reputation.
  • Kids community programs
  • Good restaurants, attractions, shopping
  • more family events
  • Lack of great retail stores, lack of having a Kroger grocery store,too many fast food places and not enough nice restaurants, too many empty building and an overall dumpy look to Lima,lack of education of population which produces an overall “red neck” type of attitude for population. Lack of government co-operation and promotion to attract good paying jobs to the area. Take a look at Mercer County for answers. Lima streets and some county roads are in poor condition. Lima and its building dept. make it difficult for new business to build here. Lima overall has a dirty and worn look to it. Lima has aging leaders and they need to be replaced with new and younger people with new ideas. It is not too late to make changes but it is getting there. On the positive side, Allen County has a park system that is better than one would expect. And if I could choose one community to live in it would be Bluffton because of all it has too offer. It has a lot to show for such a small town, like an airport, a college, a real town, a library,a hardware store, a couple of restaurants, a nice bar, a community pool,festivals, parades, a farmer’s market, a bank, a quarry, a lake for boating and fishing, a clean downtown with no empty buildings, a stable real estate market with homes that appreciate in value. But I am not staying here. I have a son and 2 grandchildren that live in Kansas City, Mo that I want to be nearer. But if I was going to stay, I would move to Bluffton for all the reasons I listed.
  • Activities for teenagers and families, i.e. batting cages, mini golf, go karts, grown up arcade, things that are not geared towards grade school age. We get some great acts at the VMCC but 9/10 times they are during the week and therefore not an option. The events on weekends are not well advertised. I know more about what is going on at the Niswonger than at the VMCC.
  • Better housing for single mothers without assistance
  • Hospital, close to large cities, cost of living, close to major universities…
  • Need more quality retail shopping and restaurants - downtown and mall areas. Need higher quality groceries- Fresh Market, Whole Foods, Kroger’s. Need major repair to streets, roads and infrastructure. Need better housing options in city of Lima.
  • Things to do for all ages year round regardless of income; affordability. Attractions. Seeing other small towns either in or out of Ohio, there are small types of attractions that draw people in for doing new fun things. I miss Nightmoves at Ohio theatre.. Maybe bring in a country western saloon bar with country dancing..
  • Not necessarily lack of amenities, but I fear for my safety at amenities already available. I don’t like to go to the mall or shopping in general alone. I work at the hospital and occasionally don’t feel safe walking to/from parking lot. To much crime and drugs.
  • 1. Better grocery store (I.e. access to more organic produce—I currently drive out of town to shop for groceries because the selection in Lima is so poor) 2. Better outdoor-fitness options. There is a lack of safe running and cycling routes in the area as compared to Columbus/Dayton, etc.; there are no established running/triathlon training groups like in other communities; there is only one public indoor pool in town and it’s nearly impossible to get a lane when it’s shared with every school and swim lessons; the Y itself is the poorest managed/dirtiest Y I have ever used (and I’ve been in Ys in the downtown of major metropolitan areas—ones you would anticipate being “worse” than Lima). 3. Lima is the fried- and fast-food capital of the United States. There is a lack of healthy restaurant options. 4. There is a clique mentality of people who grew up here and have stayed and it is hard to break into, not to mention, I don’t have any interest in playing those juvenile “games.” 5. I’ve been looking to purchase a new house for greater than 18 months—clearly, there is a lack of housing in the price range that I am looking in. Further, the cost of house has increased exponentially in the 5 years I have lived here (clearly indicative of the supply and demand issue); not to mention, this is Lima, housing is supposed to be affordable. In my opinion, there is a misconception about the affordability of housing in Lima. It is not as affordable as advertised. In addition, my property taxes have increased by 50% in the 5 years I have owned my house, the minimum charge of my water bill (I never exceed the minimum) has increased 50% in that 5 years, my cable has increased 100% despite me not changing my service options. Moreover, when I moved to Lima, I intended to rent because I did not plan to stay; however, there is a complete and utter lack of rental options for young professionals. I even contacted the local real-estate companies for help in finding a rental (since I knew nothing about where to live in Lima) and was pretty much insulted and treated like I was the typical bottom feeder who cannot afford to buy in Lima. To be clear, I can pay cash for any house in this town—I simply wanted the convinces of renting as a young, single professional. Again, refer back to my comment about the attitude of people in this town toward outsiders. 6. I even shared my thoughts about this with the regional planning commission. I didn’t even get an email in response acknowledging that it received my comments let alone a dialogue regarding them. This non-response indicates to me that, while the commission talks a big game, it has no intention of putting in the work necessary to attract and retain young professionals like myself. 7. It is difficult to find the caliber of health care I expect in Lima and frequently have to go out of town for care. 8. In addition to having to deal with the lifers and their clique mentality, you have to deal with the extraordinary amount of social welfare-ites. The biggest draw for people to come to Lima (from my understanding) is the higher level of social-welfare benefits paid as opposed to the neighboring communities. As terrible as it may sound, having this reputation and large population of this group of people, is not attractive to young professionals. Notwithstanding that everyone wants to avoid saying this, it is fact. As an example, I recently purchased a new car; when it was less than 2 months old, it was keyed in the parking lot of either St Rita’s or the Y. I’ve lived in Toledo, Dayton, and Columbus and this never happened. In my opinion, incidents like this do not help my desire to leave Lima. 9. Bottom line, I intend to move back to Columbus as soon as it is practical for me. When I have to leave town for everything and despise dealing with the disposition of people in this town, what is my motivation to stay?
  • Recreation
  • No newer housing inside the city limits, lack of unity between city, county, and townships. The townships need to understand without the city they would not exist but instead have the attitude the city is a dump and they are so much better. As a lifelong resident of this area it’s really sad to see the decay in Lima, if I didn’t have a good job here I would leave.
  • Active transportation; quality on-going farmers markets that occur on known dates and times; quality mid-range prices homes;
  • Things to do, shopping, good restaurants
  • Safe and fun places for kids and teens to hang out.
  • The rundown conditions of many homes turn off many people. It makes the town look old and dirty. I also feel there are not enough “fun” wholesome activities for our youth to do. Another thing is that the newspaper used to mention sports teams from the immediate area first and covered them first. There was a big write up on every team. Now the paper only plays up the winning teams. Sometimes I can hear about teams quite a distance from Lima but cannot find anything about a local team. The tv does the same thing. The media needs to zero in on Lima and the very immediate area first and then expand out as time permits. Another area that needs working on is the enforcement of having residents clean up the junk on their properties. Possibly you could involve service groups to assist the elderly or disabled who want to but cannot do repairs to their homes and properties. I like the idea of updating downtown Lima but it will not work unless the areas are cleaned up around that area, parking increased, safety assured.
  • Decent road/street conditions
  • Inclusion and diversity in leadership. Activities for adults and youth. Upscale places to go. Upscale homes in city limits. Boys and Girls Club. Better Night Life. No character in the city as far as coding and aesthetics go. When we are in Dublin, Ohio, we know we are there. The city has character. Lima has none. You can’t tell when you are in or out of Lima or any of it’s surrounding area.
  • Nothing really, if I want something I will get it on line or go there. The area is stable, affordable, and safe (at least for our par of it). You can always say you wished for something, but what does that mean? You might like to fish for tarpon, but hey, you cannot do that in CMH either.
  • I think that Lima lacks a sense of community in many ways. I also think the entire city needs higher quality jobs to give investors a reason to fix the city up. No one is going to fix up property when they can only get 40K out of a home. That is why the suburbs are in decent shape and the city is falling in on itself.
  • I think we have lost the family vibe it used to have. Crime is up and people feel unsafe. I won’t even go to Wal-Mart alone bc it’s not safe. Plus when you call the police they are to busy on one side of town to come to the other side. I have even been told that. But we used to have wake up Santa and things for kids and families. The mall is a joke and is dirty and won’t clean up and upgrade. It smells and is moldy. But we won’t make the owners keep it up. The manager of the mall can’t keep stores. We had a store open and close within 2 years. It’s ridiculous. We need better leadership that goes back to caring about the people.
  • Safe, walkable downtown with lots of restaurants, bars, condos. Feel it has improved immensely over the past 5 years but have a long way to go. More bike trails connecting suburbs and downtown.
  • Streets are terrible neighborhoods deteriorating and property owners not being responsible
  • I feel that the lack of stores and business compared to other areas hurts our area. And more stores keep closing.
  • After more than twenty-five years at St. Rita’s, I have been laid off. There are no good jobs here unless I’m willing to work in a factory.
  • City of Lima has no really good housing areas inside the City Limits. My house that I recently built cost over $400,000.00 and quite honestly there is no real decent subdivisions inside the city limits to construct a nice house and feel safe from the issues that the city has. I also feel to eat at an upscale eatery you have to travel to Toledo, Dayton, Ft. Wayne etc. We need to take notice that these areas also offer shopping for everyone different activities for the younger workers of today, we really have no great shopping anymore as well as places for them to relax without worrying about some type of crime issue. We as a community need to start offering these things to try and keep our youth from moving to different city. Most of our youth that go off to College usually do not return to Lima. If you really speak with our youth they will tell you they are trying to get out of Lima.
  • Nightlife
  • Safe travel in the City of Lima, near downtown is scary. Its now easier and safer to shop online than travel to Lima.
  • There are a lot of things to do in Lima, it just isn’t safe.
  • Entertaining
  • Diverse shopping and restaurants. Have to go out of town for most things. Wish we had a Target! Also there are not many family friendly activities.
  • I would love a food delivery service, not only groceries but fast food and restaurant delivery.
  • Lima has a MASSIVE crime problem! Lima’s crime index is equal to or higher than the crime index for Cleveland! Until Lima’s police department & mayor come to grips with this problem, Lima will continue to decline! Findlay is slightly larger than Lima & continues to gain more QUALITY jobs & employers! The mayors policies continue to drive away business & QUALITY employers!
  • More options in shopping, supermarkets, specialty shops and restaurants. Improved curb appeal at Lima’s entrances from I-75 and other main entrances. More blighted properties being demolished and restoration and re-purposing of older buildings for new amenities and services. More services to attract entrepreneurs and start-up companies.
  • The majority of this community simply drives to other cities, Columbus, Toledo, Dayton, on the weekends. There is literally nothing to do in Lima, only run down bars or filled mediocre cafes etc with long wait times.
  • Pride. It’s dirty. Run down isn’t the issue, it’s the trash “n”nobody” throws, therefore, no one sees themselves responsible. This is a pride issue, not money.
  • revitalized downtown, dog park, shopping
  • Higher end shopping
  • Good quality paying jobs to attract younger generation.
  • Fun, atmosphere… SAFETY.
  • Culture and diverse fun things for youth and young adult
  • Institutional mental disabilities facilities
  • We need jobs that don’t require you to be a 20 year old body builder, have you looked at Ohio Means Jobs lately? A lot of people cannot physically do a lot of the jobs that are offered around here. Many people are working 12 hour shifts 6-7 days a week, what kind of life is that? If you aren’t an RN or a truck driver, there isn’t much offered. Salaries are not good, many people are hired by temp companies and there is age discrimination, just try finding or keeping a job if you are over 50. Even professionals are at risk, it seems people in the upper echelons are not aware there is a shortage of talent in this area and don’t always value the people they have. The physical environment is also discouraging, what route do you take driving employment recruits through Lima? There are so many distressed and abandoned buildings/homes, bombed out parking lots, trash and potholes and lack of business landscaping and cleanliness. There are lots of people trying to make the place better but given that a good paying job is the best social program, that is where the efforts need to be made for long term community success. We have a lot of water, are we marketing that?
  • AMENITIES—I would like to see a newer, clean “dollar theater”
  • I live in Harrod but shop in eastgate. For those of us on this side of town i would like to see new business especially a hardware store, home depot or Menards. Eastgate is walmart and restaurants. Roads aren’t too bad this way.
  • Since we are not a major metropolitan area we are limited in entertainment attractions, job opportunities and other social benefits of large urban areas. Small communities make up for this with less traffic, lower cost of living, what we might call more bang for the buck when buying. I have found that local administration, in an effort to make the city what they think it should be often are not business friendly. There is an unwillingness to access the blame for blight and deterioration to parties creating it. It is much easier to charge fines and penalties to businesses and landlords than to attempt to change the behavior of individuals creating problems. Very poor rural communities are often clean and tidy despite their inability to maintain property financially. In Lima it does little good to upgrade property when tenants simply destroy it and move on. Garbage service is always provided but, it is not unusual to find ten or more bags of garbage left in homes at move out, and if a garage or basement is provided it will almost always be littered with garbage and trash. We have found it necessary to stop providing storage sheds because they are left completely filled to the top with raw garbage many times. If a complaint is made to the city the landlord is cited. If the windows are broken out or trash is thrown in the yard it is the landlords fault. Why? because it is much easier to cite business owners and more politically expedient. While this may be true it does little to deter individuals from destroying property and devaluing neighborhoods. The assumption is that landlords have the ability to prevent all this. The truth is that the only legal power a landlord has over a tenant is the power of eviction.
  • Eviction is a slow process that allows the carnage to go on for weeks and months before the landlord can remove the offender who then simply moves to a new location and repeats. Every solution offered by the administration .has been to effect penalties on landlords. Until the administration begins to penalize the people who create the blight it will continue. The majority of houses being torn down each day were destroyed by vandalism and misuse by the occupants and then abandoned by owners as too costly to fix. These problems and their causes have existed for decades, I have written about them in articles nearly 30 years ago but there is no evidence there has been any change in attitude. What good does it do to install new energy efficient windows that will soon be broken, or new flooring that will be destroyed by misuse, a new good quality storm door might last 20 years on an owner occupied home but few last over a year intact in apartments. In the end there is no solution because government is primarily interested in remaining in power and not solving problems or at least that is the conclusion I have come to.
  • Atmosphere that you find in Columbus or Cincinnati
  • Handicap Accessible events and activities for children and families.
  • Wide variety of Free or low cost family entertainment
  • Community building events/networking
  • Safe playgrounds
  • Good government
  • Safety recreation
  • Quality housing within the city. Most blocks radiating out from the central city should be razed…as long as the displaced residents have a quality and affordable residence in which to relocate. Also, just walk six blocks in any direction from Market and Main and count the vacant store fronts. And…don’t get me started on
  • on the pathetic Lima Mall.
  • I retired from the Lima Schools after 30 plus years and I love this community and its people. I have listened to the never ending “talk” about revitalizing the downtown and its neighborhoods. Maybe there are some changes….new apartments on the square and the Nursing school…that will help. Downtown Findlay, Ottawa, Tipp City, Troy and even Toledo should be looked at for ideas on a Renaissance in Lima!!
  • An effective Economic Development effort. LOCAL POLITICS hamper economic development. AEDG totally unsuccessful and not much hope for GLR. Cooperation and collaboration are missing!
  • Places to hang out, outside places like outdoor malls, zoos, playgrounds grouped close together
  • I think Lima has a lot to offer for such a small town. The biggest problem is socialism. Lima used to be a town full of working class and now it is full of welfare. Lima housing used to be taken care of by caring homeowners. I am so shocked as I drive around Lima and I see the decline of Lima’s neighborhoods that used to be kept up.
  • Entertainment and things to do. I wish downtown could be like Easton, a cool place to walk around and shop and eat and visit for an evening. Cleanliness on the streets and roads, there is trash all over.
  • Activities and places for kids under 3 to play, cultural food like Indian and more Asian, and active social media hubs for communicating with the community around us. There is Nextdoor and neighbors, but I’d love to see the city of Lima social media pages active and pointing to resources and places to plug in. And people to plug into
  • Young people as myself want to have things to do with groups of people. In my opinion there are few ways for groups of individuals to get together for activities. Hiking, Outdoor Activities, Sporting Events etc. Also, many areas downtown are not safe after a certain hour. Many your people like downtown due to the building as everything but there is very few places to eat, drink and dance for younger people. Downtown and the city board tent to assist with lower income families that really cannot support the downtown. Many individuals that go downtown to eat and drink are mid 20 or upper 50’s and do not feel safe after hours. Many out reach programs I believe need to focus more on bringing younger people to the downtown and not the people that cannot support themselves. The lower income individuals that are being placed downtown will not help bring businesses in the area. The area needs to try and become upscale and “hip” to try and lure younger persons to the downtown areas to try and have them invest into the downtown with their use of local small businesses.
  • I just feel like there are too many restaurants in town and the attractions available are for primarily single people there really isn’t much for married couples or families with the exception of the ymca and in the survey you didn’t have a selection for trade-school which I have completed that but I think Lima has great potential it really does I just believe the city has missed out on a lot of opportunities for businesses to come into town
  • There is a lack of quality, market rate housing in Lima. There is untapped potential on the East side of Lima, especially within 2-3 miles of I -75, There needs to be more commercial, restaurants and boutiques on the East side as well. The same goes for Downtown Lima. There has been to great of a focus on Low-income, “affordable housing” downtown Lima. We need to see a re-vitalized downtown with market rate housing, boutiques, restaurants. There needs to be more quality townhouses, lofts, and apartments around positive, thriving commercial.. Downtown Lima has great potential and authorities need to have a welcoming attitude for investment.
  • High paying quality jobs cheaper health care
  • Lack of stores and attractions to go to. The mall is dying and we don’t even have a target or Starbucks. The kids are bored and no one can blame them
  • Shopping choices. We do not need another dollar store. Metropolitan government
  • You missed the point, I thought this survey was how to maintain and or increase our population, but your questions have nothing to do with the topic of your survey. I was raised in Lima spent 40 years working and living in Columbus Ohio after retirement family responsibilities brought me back to Lima but I spend a great deal of time in Columbus. I find I’m in a unique situation I find myself on the inside looking out but it can also put myself into a situation where I’m on the outside looking in which brings me to my reasoning for taking part in this survey.
  • For Lima and Allen County to ever hope to reverse the trend they need to stop looking backwards and look forward. 1, A start would be to create a regional government by consolidating Lima and the four surrounding townships (this should stop all the childish bull crap that goes on among our public elected officials). 2, Be proactive in reducing the number of people on public assistance. 3, Create a better traffic flow through and around Lima (why are we building a underpass under Elm Street and not Bellefountain Avenue).
  • These are a few examples but before anything can happen it would take new younger and more forward-looking community leaders but that brings us to the problem, all our younger forward-looking potential community leaders have moved to a more forward-looking community.
  • Would LOVE a rail system that connected Lima to Columbus & Chicago. Seriously, that alone would completely change the culture of this city. More people would move here because of affordability, and with more people would also come more businesses in the downtown area. Lima doesn’t need any more chain stores (although a Target & a Trader Joe’s would be nice :) ).
  • Affordable child care
  • Lima is a very exclusionary community
  • Recreation. Entertainment
  • Lima and other Area schools need to better educate children. Lima needs more industry and business and less crime! Lima needs new leadership—seems like the ones in now have not done much for the city!
  • Lima needs a better image so that they can attract industry and business: many surrounding areas like new Bremen, Minster, Coldwater etc are able to do this! Cities like St. Mary’s is growing with business, restaurants and all and I do feel safer there: if Lima could get more business and industry, people need to feel safe going there!
  • Quality schools
  • Safe areas to have community gatherings
  • Needs more alternative forms of travel (bike path, public transportation, side walks)
  • Affordable housing in safe neighborhoods within city limits
  • Cultural experiences: music and arts.
  • Youth Services
  • Target, more diversity in entertainment,
  • We lack the infrastructure to facilitate positive after school and work activities. A small group of people who lack any connection with real Lima try to define our city. We have so much to offer but not a good means to bring it all together. The commissioners are turning into a circus and not promoting a positive For Lima movement. Inexperience coupled with lack on real world connections continues to breed small town ideologies and social cliches.
  • Shopping options like outlets and more restaurant options. Public transportation is also not very user friendly and is difficult to use.
  • Entertainment options. I feel like we have the civic center and Ohio theater but not much is brought to the Ohio theater, and everyone I’ve talked too said the advertising for the civic center is lacking.
  • We need more bike paths/safe walking areas, Not enough high quality jobs, interesting/appealing things to do, quality of homes on the market (currently looking for a home to purchase, but ones on market are over priced with major structural issues), power/government structure have been in place for far too long & have become complacent with mediocrity,
  • Lima could be so much better but you do nothing with the trash culture
  • A better mass transit system. Bus service in 1980s was useful. Today it has no value to myself, or my neighbors.
  • Police officers are needed more. Anyone listening to the scanner can tell they are stretched to the breaking limit. A “safe community” is a thriving community. We are not that.
  • I hope Lima Building Dept is abolished. From my dealings, and several other businessmen I know, the inspectors have done more to discourage city growth, and have driven business out of town. The purpose of inspectors is not only to make building safe, but to encourage cooperation. My three encounters with inspectors were more like meeting school yard bullies and they drove up my construction costs and hastened opening.
  • Our community is really far behind when it comes to entertainment and weekend activities. We have very few night life options for people other than some run down bars and couple trendy spots. Our restaurants are mostly (expletive) franchises and nothing that’s really on trend with what other cities have to offer. Most people need to go out of town to go shopping- our mall is falling apart: We have very few options in places to take children on the weekends or things for couples too do. Lima is very far behind compared to other cities.
  • A population base with non government supported income. Lima has spent 25 years developing low income housing and has seen almost now new development in moderate income or higher. This prevents any quality services or amenities from coming here.
  • the kind that gets people out and gets some attitudes changed around here. too many people resist any change with newcomers. i was told by a 60+ yr old nurse when i started here that this area is 10 yrs behind. she has lived here her entire life, she would know. she’s an upbeat person, too bad so many others are stuck in mud and time. this area isn’t as bad as advertised by media, but there seems to be many that want to believe it……and they all have been born and raised here
  • Food, entertainment and shopping are a huge turn off and a reason why people leave or travel away from Lima/Allen County. The city and county provide no incentives for business to relocate or open therefore other areas are reaping the benefits, such as Findlay. This area feels like it is happy just the way it is and has been for the last 30 years so why change. There are plenty of vacant businesses where something could move in but are too expensive and it makes the area feel like a ghost town. For a new business or one to relocate there is no reason to do so if the city and county make it difficult to do so or provide no incentive when other areas are willing. Way too many doctors offices, dollar stores and vacant properties. Its a stale, stagnate city that hasn’t developed much beyond what was here years ago.
  • More variety of retail & restaurants.
  • well need to have more things for kids to do. its bad that I have to go out of town to find things to do. look into getting a sky zone. get more restaurants like Popeye’s chicken, Dave & busters
  • Roads are crumbling and it is not safe to allow children to play in the neighborhood.
  • Free indoor spaces for kids to be active in the winter/rain
  • More than one thing to do downtown … would love to spend more time downtown, however once you eat not much else to do (affordable) like a movie, shopping, coffee shop that stays open past 7pm. Incentivize business’s to come downtown
  • Quality, updated affordable housing, employment opportunities relevant to degree attainment, youth activities, access to a variety of modern retail options
  • -Shopping options, FUN activities/things to do/places to go, Community, There is nothing for kids to do or to go to that’s fun either after school or on weekends. How Findlay has built up its city is what Lima should be looking at. Open their minds. Moved from Saginaw, MI and they have transformed the area in a short amount of time, it’s not impossible here but people have to put aside their grievances, listen to others and go outside their comfort levels and outside the box
  • Technology and design jobs with good pay and benefits
  • Safe neighborhoods where you don’t have to worry about drive-by shootings; no drug activity
  • Atmosphere where parent(s) care about children — especially their safety, welfare and doing schoolwork as a high priority
  • The schools are working 110% — but parents/caregivers aren’t showing an interest in the child(ren)’s homework, projects, practice for sports, instruments, etc.
  • Shopping, Kroger, more shopping options on the east side of town (all we have is walmart & restaurants), entertainment. There is nothing to do in this town except go bowling, roller skating or a movie. For young people there is nothing to do in this town!! It’s no wonder the young people choose to live elsewhere as my grandchildren have chosen to do.
  • The area lacks entertainment services
  • Job opportunities with higher wages, stores and restaurants.
  • More things to do, sports, concerts. More restaurants on the west side of Lima, Jobs
  • Things to do for families with children of ALL ages, good clean parks. We have Faurot Park which is huge but we don’t use a lot of it. We need more activities and free events.
  • Quality of life. To many rent house’s in neighborhoods. City is not proactive enough in taking care of crime an to many bars.
  • lack of income - when our children leave it is because they cannot find a good paying job for their skill/education level - I would have left years ago if I had not been needed here by family
  • Need a Target store. A dave and busters would be nice. High-end movie theater. Better stores at the mall. Hickey rink. Large indoor concert hall for music shows.
  • Family entertainment. Go karts. Activities for teens. Good paying jobs.
  • Entertainment opportunities
  • Local progressive leadership
  • Lima Mall is deteriorating, American Mall space needs repurposed, downtown heading right direction but more downtown activities needed. The community needs a common purpose.
  • The city schools are a mess. We cannot attract people to buy in the city as long as the schools are failing.
  • In general, there is trash everywhere, and we need some programs or community outreach to clean the streets up.
  • We need more professional jobs.
  • Houses are in ill repair. Are there grants to fix up places?
  • Better relations between homeowners/tenants and landlords.
  • Progress on downtown Rhodes State project
  • Entertainment (“classy” bars, comedy bar, formal dining, etc) Particularly on the east side of Lima
  • Menards/Lowe’s, clothing stores/boutiques on the east side
  • Good quality restaurants. Road conditions are very poor. There are many neighborhoods that need to be cleaned up. There has to be city ordinances that someone needs to start enforcing.
  • Brighten up the Southside
  • For the elderly and disabled
  • A vibrant arts community. Or maybe just the promotion of such. And not the go to a play, go to a concert type of arts community. I am thinking of like the short north in Columbus where it is just a part and you can easily be a part of that community. I feel like the Lima arts community is more look at us not join us.
  • Educating the younger generation.
  • A true farmers market
  • Events for the whole family…. I feel most are free or over priced. There seems to be no in between. The free events are often too crowded. We do not mind paying to do events/activities but we have preschoolers to preteens and not too much in the area covers both those age groups.
  • More kid friendly places/activities, a more modern shopping mall the current one is really old. Not enough major retailers. Potholes dot our city streets making it a driving nightmare on some streets.
  • The mayor needs to go. He doesn’t care about the well being of the people here. He is only self serving. Police Dept has far too many young cocky disrespectful officers Mall is a joke !! Extremely outdated, run down. NOTHING to do in this city. Too many bars and not enough family oriented activity. Crime is out of control !!! The city looks so TRASHY anymore. They do not make landlords or home owners jeep there properties clean and taken care of. If I owned a business, I would never consider Lima for it. When my company has an opening, I will pack my family up quickly to move away from Lima. It is a very depressed city. It falls on the so called Mayor of this city.
  • Things to do for children is lacking in our community. There is no positive entertainment for adults that don’t drink. Employment opportunities that pay decently for FELONS.
  • Downtown retail,
  • Lack of leadership. We have needed a new mayor for 2 decades.
  • Uber, diverse businesses’, cleaners bakery, grocery store, public bicycles. pharmacy, Small park for children, Mexican, Chinese, German, middle eastern Restaurants, cultural arts building
  • Safety within the City of Lima
  • Restaurants, major shopping outlets variety. I think the downtown could be better utilized for shopping by giving incentives to new businesses to move in. One stop shopping. An Aldis downtown, Kohls, childdens shops etc. Lose the mall mentality and rejuvenate an outlet shop experience. Fun in summer with activities and winter with carriage rides while you shop adding parking garages with shuttle service. Get a new car dealership and major grocery into the downtown to draw people in. There’s a police station right there, what could be more safe.
  • A major tourist attraction; more diverse clothes shopping; art venues such as art museums, art film houses and art displays in vacant spaces; greater variety of ethnic restaurants (we need Indian food!); places where diverse peoples feel comfortable to gather; more businesses and activity downtown; more recovery and renovation of historical buildings; more imaginative and aesthetically-minded architectural beauty or integrity in new builds; a variety of newspapers; homegrown businesses; ethnic food stores; more focus on environmentals such as recycling (local grocers and super stores seem unaware of plastic bag issues); more beautification of the city overall with a greater focus landscaping; replacing blighted houses and buildings with creative solutions; political diversity!
  • I think that Slima needs to force Berger and all of his corrupt buddies out. I think that jerk has done more than anything to wreck the city. Compare it to Findlay and Wapakoneta. They both seem to be growing. How does that guy keep getting reelected especially when he is not even a Republican? Until we get new leadership, Lima will continue to die.
  • The Lima region, in my opinion, is going to continue to lose people to larger cities/communities that offer higher paying jobs in a diversity of career fields. The draw for this area is the overall affordability. But we can’t compete with regions that offer better shopping, entertainment, dining etc…..
  • transportation
  • (1) The visual appeal in town—street after street of rundown homes, even in what were “good” neighborhoods; even areas from I-75 to town are not attractive; if all one sees is run-down, cluttered, dingy surroundings, it’s not very appealing from the get-go. This is an area I feel especially strongly about as there is a lot of potential to “renew” neighborhoods; however, to attract people to revitalize neighborhoods, there have to be things to draw them to those neighborhoods & a school district they feel is safe and offers a quality education as well as other amenities. (2) Ways for young people (post-college-35) to meet & have fun other than at a bar
  • more and better restaurants
  • yoga studios
  • entertainment
  • Shopping & restaurant variety, especially middle & higher quality of both
  • Communication and not knowing your neighbors.
  • Loosing malls and places to shop.
  • Marketing all of Allen County and not just where “they” think it should be. Not everything should be on the west side. There should be more choices on the east side.
  • Entertainment for all ages and families, musical attractions, just anything more than a bar or restaurant
  • None
  • Shopping and things to do as a family or for children.
  • A little bit of everything.
  • Safety. To many rental properties where people do not take pride in the looks of their homes. We are stuck in the 1970’s and refuse to adapt. To many people sitting around doing nothing and waiting for “those jobs Lima once had” to return.
  • Economic growth through failure to attract industry and professional opportunity. We need more capable city, county and township leadership. There is too much duplication of services (government, police, fire, etc.). Metropolitan government would benefit this area. Look what it did for Indianapolis, IN and Lexington, KY.
  • A family friendly downtown area.
  • The Lima Mall needs a complete makeover. . Should be like Easton Mall. There is no good, safe entertainment in this city. MUST have a new Mayor !!! Properties are allowed to be let go and look trashy and nothing is done about it. That brings down property values. Law enforcement does NOT do enough with serious rampant crime. They don’t care about all this drug trafficking, dog fighting, etc. NOBODY in this city gives a crap about all the horrendous animal abuse. It’s beyond disgusting !!!! There is NEVER a humane agent at the humane society. They should be part of law enforcement.
  • Functional County Government
  • There is very little for young people to do or to see. I am retired so not an issue. I have three children, two with masters and one doctor, and none of them decided to stay in the Lima area. The size of the are, including Allen County, is decreasing which makes we fearful that my house could decrease in value too. Building new houses will only diminish the current housing stock.
  • I feel that Lima is missing an opportunity to demonstrate environmental leadership by not allowing vacant lots to become wildflower habitat for beneficial pollinators. Yes, the lots may appear a bit unkempt compared to a close-cut lawn, but to butterflies and bees the areas would be oases of food and shelter in what is otherwise a food desert. Also, an initiative to encourage more neighborhood trash cleanup would be appreciated - the appearance of many of Lima’s streets is appalling
  • Good shopping, American mall gone and Lima Mall soon to close. More upscale restaurants. Less crime. More middle and higher class blacks and get rid of the punks
  • Business, jobs, family entertainment
  • Variety in entertainment for families is lacking. Retail shopping is lacking. The downtown area is not attractive aesthetically compared to other cities.
  • One thing that is lacking is things to do. There’s nothing really here for anyone.
  • Lima needs to quit trying to claim everything good that happens as something they did. I don’t like be referred to as the Lima Land area at all when I don’t live there. Quit treating the townships like they don’t matter. While there are a lot of nice neighborhoods in Lima, there are a heck of a lot more that look run down and poor. Too many absent landlords, lack of code enforcement, the City and County government could be one big family reunion since so many of them are related to each other, especially in the City of Lima.. Not totally sure about the honesty of Lima government.
  • Lima and the surrounding areas need more amenities to attract and keep more highly educated, sophisticated, cultivated residents that are proud to call Lima home. Yes, Lima provides a lot of low income housing, but we also draw a lot of unconscionable people that don’t take pride in themselves or their community. This needs to change. Downtown needs high-end, high-rise housing where people can eat and drink at outdoor cafes, shop in boutiques, and be entertained all within the confines of downtown and still feel safe. This will help keep the older residents because of low maintenance housing, and the younger people that want metropolitan amenities.
  • Lima is stagnant. There is nothing here anymore. Shopping is limited to Meijer and Walmart and what little the mall offers. Our young kids can’t make a living on restaurant pay and still have a family. And those jobs are mostly sub shops. If you look at the surrounding towns, they are booming, but not Lima. It is really sad. And we don’t even have a stand alone Starbucks.
  • We had to move from Lima because of the lack of professional opportunities to advance our careers. Lima does great with attracting service industry jobs, but it is hard to find professional level jobs.
  • Family lives in this area
  • Safer neighborhoods. Nothing the police can change. People need to respect others and their property.
  • Good shopping. We need better department sores
  • None. There is plenty of opportunity in Lima. If we don’t have it, a dive of 30mins to 1 1/2 hours gets you what you want.
  • Police do a good job but lack resources.
  • Upkeep in city, neighborhoods, roads!!! Healthier restaurants (hate chains), community activities that dont involve drinking
  • Nothing to do!
  • Lima is failing due to the leadership (mayor) catering to the lazy unemployed welfare recipients inside the city limits. If he wants the city to grow, the money comes from the outlying areas, attract those who work to the city. But he chooses to go easy on crime, and give the lazy people whatever they want so he can be reelected.
  • Lack of job opportunities in some sectors. Low wages (after 16 years experience, making entry level pay for my position). More cultural diversity needed. We’re in the process of buying a home in Columbus since that is where we are both able to find well paying jobs in our field of study
  • There is little to do for people who do not have young children in school and are single. The area lacks fun and vibrancy. Little culture, opportunities for growth or trying new things, meeting new people. Social life limited to school based activities which makes it very difficult for middle aged single person. I wish I could help by naming lacking amenities but I can’t think of a specific thing. The people are truly nice but predictable. My daughters got good educations and made great friends. But both of my daughters have moved away. One said she likes living in bigger city because she is constantly exposed to new things and people. That is what I miss as well
  • Support groups for trying to revive Lima. I love it here, but the city needs help.
  • cleanliness, customer service in general
  • There are no choices when it comes to shopping, there’s a lack of art and culture and no diversity when it comes to food.
  • Lima schools are not rated well.
  • People feel it’s not safe to wonder the streets of Lima due to crime on the rise.
  • Housing in Lima is low quality and attracting more people of low income or lack of income.
  • Job opportunities are lacking. Only jobs that are abundant are low paying and require nothing more than GED or HS diploma.
  • Lima needs to offer higher quality housing and neighborhoods and increase marketability to attract new businesses which will offer job opportunities requiring higher education.
  • Lima needs to get control of the rampant drug problems and high number of overdose’s. Even if Lima improves the downtown area by promoting to better class of businesses, no one will want to attend higher class restaurants or shops if they are afraid to be attacked, mugged or shot when they exit the establishment.
  • Drive out the riff-raff, first. Then attract new businesses and better jobs. Then you will improve the quality of the people living in the area. Only then will you have a community that can sustain and continue to improve the future of Lima.
  • I would love to see more boutiques and interesting shops DOWNTOWN. We have a great start on restaurants, but would love to see more shops that cater to the under 45 crowd…gift boutiques, a party shop that offers on trend items, florist shops that offer unique arrangements. A vintage shop that had quality, stylish pieces of furniture, decor, and clothing. Clothing boutique for kids and another one that offered stylish, trendy clothes and shoes for those in their 30s/40s.
  • Things for kids and students. While it’s getting better. Winter activities for them and families.
  • We need more things for young people to do. i.e go carts, rock climbing wall, Dave & Busters.
  • More ethnic food places. i.e. Indian, Korean, Caribbean, international grocery store.
  • A lively night scene
  • decent shopping places
  • More diversity in restaurants, cultural opportunities, and shopping. A Movie theatre that would show mainstream adult movies instead of the latest comic book movie on 5 screens would be welcome (to see all the Oscar-nominated films you have to go to Columbus, Cincinnati, or Cleveland). RTA, Library, Parks, and Museum are all doing wonders but are woefully underfunded. Access to continuing education seems limited to only degree track offering.
  • lack of safe things for children to do
  • Arts/Entertainment are getting better but still lag.
  • Community areas, entertainment
  • Our own residents are our assets and we need them to believe and share in the mission to embrace what we have and assist in pursuing a better place to work, live and play.
  • There have been little to no improvement in higher end restaurants here for 20 plus years (how long has it been since Texas Roadhouse, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Applebee’s etc were built). Sure you can add all the Jimmy Johns and Five Guys you want…but nothing of significance for a VERY long time!! There’s very little here to occupy a persons free time. Even all the surrounding parks are nicer elsewhere (Wapakoneta, etc) and those areas are significantly smaller!!
  • Shopping going downhill. No antique shops. Would love a whole foods or something similar.was excited when they announced a “lifestyle” area on the site of the former American mall but that never materialized. Would like to see some of the movies that are out there but never make it to Lima. And although I am not opposed to roundabouts, I feel the one soon to be built at Bellefontaine and Elm will be an accident waiting to happen. I don’t care what new business might locate there. I will never drive that way unless bnb it is an emergency. It’s just TOO busy there. Also I do not feel safe in the downtown area after dark.
  • Jobs that pay a Living wage
  • You used to have freewill to sign up and participate in the Lima News blog. However, since last Primary Election cycle time-frame, they modified it to only be accessible through Facebook. You know, the very company that is hacked, unshamefully data mines everything you do and keeps your information for thier own personal uses. So much so, the United Kingdom says Facebook should not be allowed to govern themselves. Yet, in Lima Ohio, that is the ONLY way you can demonstrate an viewpoint online at your newspaper blog. Oh yeah, thats because people who did not like the information, truth and direction information had been going relevant to the community and actions within it. So, maybe give the people their voices back and you might see change. Otherwise, give us time to figure our another way to not be muted. By the very nature of the question directs a respondents answer; with regards to the fact I do not believe we lack services. I believe we have more than an adequate amount of social services and programs directed at the impoverished lifestyle, mental illness and associated aspects. Regardless of amenities that are lacking, we must be honest and forthright in the fact that only businesses and services not here already will only locate here if we demonstrate a genuine ability to afford a said desired product or service. Too often in Lima and Allen County we love the feeling of expressing desires, but fall short on the comprehension of realities. So what do lack? We lack effective direction, planning, leadership, and genuine personality from our elected leaders, in some cases, and others associated in influencing the community. Maybe that stems from ineffective communication. Additionally, we lack as a community of citizenry, to effectively question the real reasons of our community’s actions or inactions. Too often many talk a good game privately but fear or something allows many good people forego revealing knowledge or expressing dissatisfaction with something or someone. Besides who is going to speak up in this area? Only somebody who does not have a government job, is frustrated enough to speak out, has actual knowledge of the workings of our community and its people and someone not afraid of the typical negativity exhibited towards those inquiring, concerned or does not go along with the plans of a group of citizens for their endeavor.
  • Child activities for younger kids
  • Things to do.
  • Limited retail options
  • 1. Good retail stores - the mall is dying; other major stores are closing. Have to travel to Ft Wayne, Toledo, Columbus, Dayton, etc. 2. Need the various entities to work together on a vision for the downtown area - look at what Findlay has done or Greenville, SC. Don’t shutdown in evenings - places should be open to capture Civic Center traffic. 3. Address the blighted areas/crime rate - Metcalf/Bellafontaine are terrible entries to downtown. I am a transplant from the South - people could not understand why I would move here as Lima is perceived as being crime ridden. 4. More events for families such as festivals.
  • On the plus side: the walking trails are great! I think Ohio Means Jobs is an excellent job resource. YP is doing great things. There are groups looking at economic development. Makerfest is a great event for high schoolers in area.
  • This region seems hopelessly committed to its outdated, small-town mindset, reluctant to change and accommodate the changing needs of younger generations. There is a lack of promising, professional opportunities for young, educated people. Diversity of skills and experiences don’t seem to be a priority in the hiring processes of many local businesses and institutions, and opportunities that have potential for upward professional development are extremely rare. There is also a lack of affordable and safe housing that isn’t specifically geared toward those benefiting from low income benefits or college students. Many younger people are reluctant to buy a house after seeing the housing/economic crisis in recent years, and many are unable to as they have to prioritize combating student debt and stagnant low wages, especially in this area. Buying a house is a commitment, and committing to that in this region, as is, is something that I could not see myself doing.
  • Entertainment
  • Culture
  • Free after school for teens. More info about what is going on around town like a news letter. Example Robertson county Tennesee has the Brower. Inside is classified and local goings on. The ads pay for the paper and they are set up at the library and local gas stations for free. The taxes and consistent code enforcement ( with no warning just a dang fine) is the main reason we are leaving. Crime really isn’t that bad anymore. It’s just not worth 1000 dollars a year taxed to between us to live here. I just feel like it’s always something I’m having to shell out money for to live in a community that isn’t that great.
  • Higher paying jobs with less temp agencies. Cleaner neighborhoods
  • Lots of shopping, food, bars. Not places for middle aged people to get together unless it one of the places mentioned at the beginning. Need more places for boomers.
  • Safe activities for families
  • We just moved here from Akron last summer and were shocked at how expensive homes were; they are expensive and not upgraded, even in Shawnee. For our upgraded house in a suburb of Akron, we could have gotten $40-$50,0000 more (at least). Ultimately, we decided to build because buying a house here and upgrading it was out of the budget.
  • Starbucks and Target. I mean, seriously…if you want to attract upper-middle class families, you need to have a Starbucks that has a drive-through and a Target. Walmart is, well, Walmart. I shop at Meijer and Target online because Walmart is a dirty, unorganized disaster. Two hospitals, two Walmarts, and two Aldis, but we can’t get a Target?!? How do we economically support the rest but not a Target? How about a healthy grocery store? Trying to find organic or locally-grown food is not easy around here. Shopping in general here is pretty bad. Stores that would be great additions: Target, Marshall’s, Michael’s, Dick’s, Kroger, Giant Eagle. Restaurant chains that would be nice: Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Culver’s, Red Robin, Melt.
  • Lower crime rate,housing,better jobs
  • Shopping is a big problem. Our restaurants are not very good.
  • Good quality homes in nice well kept up neighborhoods. Home owners not renters. Renters do not care about their property and they do not keep the home nice. Hate slum Lords. Most of the neighborhoods in Lima are run down and look bad. Do you want to live and invest time and money and have to sell your house for a loss because of BAD Neighbors.
  • Better schools - would like to see a Montessori school.
  • Better community pride.
  • Bad landlords raise the rent and don’t maintain property.
  • Lima has a poor walkability factor.
  • No real neighborhood feel, or originality.
  • Poor public transit.
  • Outdated parks and playgrounds.
  • Shopping and entertainment.
  • Things to do. I do believe there are a good amount of jobs. I’ve heard of the housing shortage, but i’m not certain on that. There are subdivisions developed, but not filled, so there is opportunity there and i know developers/contractors are moving forward with that. Things to do on a weekend with and without kids would be very nice! I believe investing in downtown is also a good thing. But government can only do so much. I believe Findlay is a good example of an attractive downtown. I’ve always thought the river and riverwalk was a good investment. It would be nice to capitalize on it and propose the entertainment relatively close to it. I believe the amphitheater is a good idea, but wrong location. place it next to river. I believe the demos done by the City and County are a path in the right direction. I do think we are lacking the long term planning for these areas. Create more green spaces with these demos and plan housing around it. Transportation and bike share has funds have been spent pretty wisely. Adopt regulations to limit the amount of Dollar Generals in the area and develop the zoning requirements to create the look we want. Streetscapes with trees are another example of things that are aesthetically pleasing to the eye that would be nice to see.
  • Grownup economic development practices that go beyond hiring outside vendors to develop facebook surveys and chase the latest trend in urban development.
  • Family activities
  • Shopping
  • Different restaurants
  • We have multiple exits off of 75, only 1 of which has anything to draw people into Lima.
  • Higher paying jobs
  • More child friendly hangouts (coffee shop with play area),
  • More diverse eaterys (less pizza!!)
  • Make it easier and list the small handful there are that would entertain anyone from an actual well-ran town that wasn’t full of people who look down on those trying to go to school to get an education to leave here. Congrats on the early 2010s and getting Uber and Lyft. Years along and no GrubHub, but not shocked. People here thought Panda Express was a new chain! It’s been everywhere for a LONG time. Shopping not leaned to today’s young professionals, or anyone not Goth Topic or sport related. That “mall” is outdated even for a suburban small city mall.
  • Local Attitudes:
  • The general attitude I have seen and public behavior of the local residents does little to nothing to retain those of us here to be educated. When you mention what it lacks, it’ a “if it is better there, live there” and not “What can we do to actually fix that?” but the town itself seems like it is ok with this situation. This town is 20 years outdated. “New” stuff? Panda Express, DD and the other things finally finding their ways here when they should have already been here in the 1990s, and beside a vibrant college where a Steak and Shake fails? No nightlife, no late night spots for students to meet and eat and do homework, and your “retail” is found in any city, anchored by your Super Walmart stores, which is a pitiful dying example of a mall, a somehow failed Home Depot store, 2 Walmart stores and a lot of fast food. A whole lot of dead storefronts that only the local people will be able to fill, because nobody I know in the entire business college at UNOH that is from anywhere that resembles a town that is somewhat modern enough to have a young budding tech industry, great amenities, and a mayor who doesn’t want more low income housing to further the problem the city of Lima obviously has. We lave as soon as we can for breaks, and come home on the last day possible. I am a 41 year old who came for college after already possessing a degree. There is nothing that would keep someone not from here to stay here except family, and good old poverty, the one thing Lima has a lot of and not a clue how to get them out of it. These have been the most boring 7 years ever spent, and only because I chose that school am I here. The school could have been in the middle of the desert and I’d have gone to it, but anything to entertain the majority of us students? We all go to other cities that offer these things. Don’t believe me? Ask students from elsewhere what they really think of Lima. I’ve heard that answered daily for the last 7 years.
  • Target. Trader joes. Healthy food options.
  • High quality medical specialty services.
  • Having just moved back after 40+ years in Cincinnati, then Houston, I’m pleasantly surprised by the quantity and quality of city services, entertainment, restaurants, etc available in this “post-industrial Midwest” city ! ! And the friendliness of the population in general …
  • Lima needs to continue to clean the city up and reduce crime. If we had good paying jobs more people would not only be staying in Lima but we would attract people from other areas to come to Lima.
  • Variety of entertainment/restaurants. Cooperation between government entities. Lack of pride in community of our citizens.
  • The people here are grumpy. I moved here from out of state for a job. I like the affordability of housing, all the festivals, the shows at the civic center, and my job. Besides the gloomy Jan/Feb weather, the people around here all hold grudges. There are a lot of older people that are resistant to change and are very vocal about it. People aren’t polite in the grocery store.
  • More Manufacturing jobs that pay more than 10 an hour. Place caps on rental properties, after all, who can afford to pay 600+ a month living on min. wage.
  • 1) Better public transportation.
  • 2) Vision for growth. Though I live outside the city, the planning affects me. We need fresh eyes (a new mayor) with vision for the east side instead of trying to take everything west.
  • Higher quality restaurants.
  • Quality housing for handicapped that are not elderly or children
  • Entertainment, quality services.
  • We lack diverse artistic, musical and general entertainment options for those with some disposable income, but don’t want to waste our money on the Lima Symphony, the Fair, whatever boring act that the Civic Center books… but want better than the free shows that Lima offers. I want to see vibrant street fairs, music festivals, art festivals and more downtown! I want Lima to embrace our diversity. We are also lacking racial cohesiveness and togetherness. We need to embrace our differences and the strengths of our community that AREN’T just stupid businesses and rich conservative people that don’t understand equity and equality.
  • Community centers for the kids,
  • Freedom
  • With my kids, 8 and 5, we go out of town most weekends with them. We have season passes to COSI, Columbus Zoo, we go to scene 75, great wolf, kingsisland, cedar point. Multitude of festivals around the state. Lima is not appealing to our family at all.
  • Activities or lack of advertising of activities. Lack of feeling SAFE in some areas of town.
  • I really enjoyed events like Squarefair growing up. I would like to see more community related events like Squarefair. I like events like Rally In the Square but it isn’t really family-oriented. I have 3 boys under age 10. It seems that things we like to do (lazer tag for one) doesn’t stick around. It is a hobby of ours to go to other cities and find things to do.
  • Recreation and entertainment, a higher class of people. We avoid most public events around Lima because of the rude and dirty people that Lima has catered to for so long. Maybe more public trash cans, though they probably wouldn’t be utilized, you can not drive through downtown during the day without seeing people litter.
  • Activities for kids to stay out of the streets and positive movements that are backed by community
  • A bigger selection of family events and more affordable for large families
  • I know that nothing will compare to my hometown of Chicago; however, something needs to be done. There is very little “to do” and too much redundancy with regard to food options. I appreciate downtown Lima attempting to revive itself, but there doesn’t seem to be much drive elsewhere.
  • The Lima area cannot and will not support food establishments that aren’t “cheap” and “fast.” We have enough fast food, pizza, and subs. We need some variety; but no business will come in unless it knows the demographics will support it. Low-income and college income cannot sustain anything nicer than what we have.
  • There is nothing in the Lima area that can compete with the variety or individuality of bigger cities. In terms of activities/entertainment, maybe there are attractions, but they are not well known.
  • My husband, his family, and my job are the only things keeping me in Lima; although my career field can transfer anywhere.
  • Affordable transportation for wheelchair bound disable individuals.
  • Modern entertainment options for young adults. Things like breweries: music/food festivals, live music other than bad cover bands with old guys, a running store, better organized fitness scene (more than just gym options), more sidewalks in the city, more bike lanes, more attention to landscape and aesthetics within the city, more whole/organic/local food options.
  • None Lima Allen county needs better leadership to bring quality high paying jobs to the region. We have been left behind. Look at findlay or Ft. Wayne that’s where people from here go to have a good time
  • I love Lima. I think our safety services are great. I think the problem that Lima has is housing. There are too many rental properties that are not taken care of. When the refinery was going to leave the mayor and others got it to stay. Someone needs to step up and get our mall back. We have too many $$ stores. Someday we will have to leave Lima just to go buy a nice dress. Lima used to be the place to shop, not any more.
  • Really good brewery. Trader Joe’s.
  • Shopping used to be Lima’s draw. It’s awful now. You could lose your vehicle in the potholes at the mall parking lot.
  • Referral assistance for clothing for poor
  • More Activities for teens and adults
  • Dining choices
  • Better healthcare
  • Target…
  • But really having fun affordable things for adults to do that is in a safe area after dark. Not many people my age want to go downtown after dark because its scary plan and simple.
  • Things to do. Young people need safe and affordable things to do. Families need fun activities and the older generation need fun activities to get them out. Not just restaurants, but fun things. Escape rooms, arcade bars, game rooms, the big outside games big cities have in parks like life size indy has them they are fun. Indoor laser tag, mini golf, things to do. More places for concerts downtown. I get tired of hearing there is nothing to do.
  • Infrastructure
  • Lima does not have a good solution to the dilapidated housing, holding landlords accountable for blighted housing, there is good and effective solution to repair dilapidated housing, the current code enforcement is ineffective, there is no enforcement of laws and ordinances pertaining to nuisance property, ineffective police presence in certain neighborhoods concerning drugs and other illicit activity, infrastructure declining in most neighborhoods, ie; road, curbs, sidewalks. Lack of effective leadership with innovative ideas, too many vacant lots and buildings, not attracting new business with good paying jobs. City employees not required to live in the city, which means they have no real interest in real improvement in the City.Lima is a small City that should not be in the condition that it has gotten in, to many issues have been neglected to long
  • I would be nice to have a Whole Foods type of grocery store, more gourmet ready-made food choice and organic choices.
  • The Shawnee area needs more improvement in shopping areas like the shopping area by the round-a-about . That would be a great location for that type of store. I feel the income base and cultural diversity of the Shawnee area can support an Organic store. There are several in Fort Wayne area which I shop at.
  • Lima needs more upscale restaurants like The Met and KC Prime downtown> Eating Local is the way to go, no fast food chain like restaurants.
  • Some culture Improvements needed with some nice traveling Broadway Shows!
  • Better internet technology for households.
  • More advanced technological factories which will provide high tech jobs to the area.
  • Lima needs technological advancements that the average person can use for the purpose of improving our everyday lives in practical ways.
  • Lima needs to focus on our 2 hospitals in the area and improve in more advanced high-tech healthcare, research and advanced medical schools for the area. We need to keep our citizens here in Lima rather than the Doctors sending their patients to Columbus or Indy for treatments which Lima cannot supply.
  • High Speed Train from Lima to Chicago and other major cities nearby.
  • Improvements needed in local transportation .
  • Thank You
  • My husband and I are a 2 income middle class family. We work 40 plus hours a week so when we get a day off, we want to go out and enjoy ourselves. We find ourselves going out of town to do so. I feel the downtown Lima area is getting better. We frequent the farmers market, The Met, and the rally in the square. We are looking forward to a possible brewery downtown also! Sadly the civic center ticket prices are too high for the events we’ve been interested in. Here’s hoping for more fun and affordable events downtown!
  • Safety
  • Putnam County, due to its size, is lacking in several areas. The two most prominent ones are public transportation and overnight accommodations.
  • Putnam County does a pretty good job providing social services for our communities.
  • Arcade games like Dave and busters or something something to get kids off drugs and go do something different on there Friday and Saturday nights
  • There are only a few things to do for entertainment.
  • Amenities are there if you take advantage of them
  • Things to do
  • inexpensive activities for young people; affordable, well-maintained, safe housing for low to middle income individuals and families; affordable, accessible public transportation that is able to be conveniently utilized by those without their own transportation to get to work/grocery/school/home/etc; ability of the city to more strictly enforce housing codes so that renters are not living in unsafe/neglected properties; ability of the city to demolish additional abandoned or dilapidated houses/buildings; ability of the city to more aggressively obtain payment of delinquent property taxes, court and traffic fines; additional year-round community events and celebrations similar to Star Spangled Spectacular
  • Shopping (Target) and Restaurants
  • Things for families to do. Including events.
  • Attractions.
  • Vibrant downtown at all hrs of the day or night, Unwillingness if current government administration and the movers and shakers to move beyond the status quo, Lack of investment into downtown beyond the government housing or lower income housing.
  • Part of the struggle that Lima faces is one of identity—the economic base of the city rests on manufacturing/industrial, retail, and healthcare. And if you’re 40 and under and don’t necessarily want to work in those fields, does Lima offer anything else in terms of sustainable, upwardly mobile employment that pays more than a living wage?

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