Students can help reimagine the future of downtown BG

BGSU Cheerleaders walking down main street during "Rally on Main"

Nick Rubando is a member of the Bowling Green City Council for the First Ward, which encompasses the BGSU campus. One of Rubando’s top priorities is making a successful “cooperative relationship between the city and the university.”

After big events that brought the city and university together, like RallyBG, BGSU 100th Homecoming celebration and the annual Black Swamp Arts Festival, Rubando hopes Downtown Forward will be the next step in continuing this relationship. 

“We’re reimagining what the downtown of Bowling Green could look like,” Rubando said.

Rubando said that this is made possible because of a program through the BGSU Economic Development Department  which allows BGSU students to help reimagine downtown BG.

“It’s these kinds of partnerships that I think are going to really strengthen the relationship between the city and the university so that we can really work in tandem to create a better community,” Rubando said. 

What downtown will look like in the future will be a community decision. There have already been two community feedback sessions allowingcommunity members to share what they want to see done. Rubando said there will also be a survey administered by BGSU students that will be sent out to ask for peoples’ opinions. 

Once all of this information is collected, the council will be able to start looking at what they want to do with Downtown Forward, but as of right now, everything is “up in the air.”

The trending ideas so far include supplying more affordable housing, bicycle lane infrastructure and improving the historic facades of the buildings. Another idea included working with the Alumni Gateway that just opened this past September.

“We’re looking at how we can incorporate the gateway of the university and the city so we can correlate those two to make it a smooth transition from the university into the city,” Rubando said.

The next step is to have focus groups collect more specific comments. If you have any ideas about what you would like to see with the future of downtown Bowling Green, you can fill out the survey once it comes out or contact Nick Rubando through the City of Bowling Green website.

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