Imagine your role

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DSCN1042“I like the history of Warren — the way it emerged out of the Gilded Age. It may not be that place today, but we each keep a part of the best of it in our hearts.”

“Volunteers keep this city alive.”

“Just think how you want Warren to be and find a role you can play in making it that. Take on the task you expect others to do because there is no one else to do it.”

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The feeling of being a part of a community

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DSCN1036“I really, really like the walkability of Warren. I enjoy not having to depend on a car to get everywhere, because when you walk, you meet people along the way, and that adds to the feeling of being a part of a community.”

“There are three big things I would like to see improved in Warren — the schools, job opportunities and the attitude of elected officials. But changing the last one would have a domino effect on the others, so I hope for a change of attitude by the politicians. They are the leaders but they aren’t serving our needs. This leads to many citizens having the attitude “it doesn’t matter what I say, because they’re going to do whatever they want to do anyway.” This is dangerous because then nobody takes responsibility.”

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Stop yer whining!

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DSCN1033“We should be marketing Warren as a great retirement community. We have a low cost of living, very good medical facilities and practitioners, restaurants, a lake, camping, and hunting are nearby; it’s a short drive to the museums and cultural attractions of Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Warren is just a great place to relax and enjoy life.”

“We need to let the world know what we have here and stop the whining!”

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We need to all be pulling together

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DSCN1026“I love living downtown. We moved there in 1980 and I really can’t imagine living any other place.”

“Warren is filled, for the most part, with good people, who have a strong moral commitment to bettering the community.”

“I wish more people would pressure our local elected officials to unify with the rest of us to solve problems. They operate as a separate entity, independent from the populace now. As a result we have everyone pulling in different directions. We can’t afford that kind of inefficiency. We need to all be pulling together.”

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Call for a collective change of attitude

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DSCN1017“Warren has great architecture. City Hall is my favorite example. It is unique. Did you know the arch over every window is different? There is one with carved ferns, others with squirrels or flowers. The city has many interesting buildings.”

“I know you’ve heard this before, but Warren needs a collective change of attitude. Warranites  are too willing to dump on their own town. They don’t appreciate what they have here — wonderful people and fabulous resources. We moved here 11 years ago, so we were didn’t live here in Warren’s heyday, but I was shocked at the way residents run down their community.”

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