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Lexington, it's time for a talk

Josh James

How should Lexington evolve over the next 20 years? That's the question city leaders are inviting all residents to ponder and discuss as part of a series of community conversations known as "On the Table." This time around the city wants to expand and diversify the sessions.

Everything from schools to rising rent to that pothole on your street; it's all "on the table" in this year's city-wide conversation. Anyone with a stake in the city's future is invited to start or attend a table discussion — real or virtual — aimed at identifying what's working and not working in Lexington.

And Richard Young with CivicLex says this year organizers are employing a "non-traditional" outreach strategy.

"We're going to be setting up in grocery stores and big box stores in the lobbies to make sure that people who might no typically be part of these types of conversations are at the table, and we're specifically focusing on areas of town that may not typically participate in a lot of civic processes."
Richard Young, executive director of CivicLex

To that end, On the Table isn't just for English speakers. It will also be available in Spanish, French, Swahili, and Arabic.

Special focus will be given to the city's comprehensive plan, which guides economic development, parks planning, transportation, and arts and cultural opportunities over the next two decades. The issues and ideas help city leaders create a new roadmap for Lexington.

Tables will be held between April 10-16 and those interested in participating can find out more at ottlex.org.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.