An Appreciation of My Hometown Wooster, Ohio

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— Wooster has “all grown up” during my lifetime.
Mostly, that’s great, if you have the money
to afford the average lifestyle here. While
we are still “small town” in some ways, with
a city population of about 26,000, Wayne County,
with many villages and hamlets, smaller towns
and farms, has 106,000 people and Wooster is the
“marketing hub” for 130,000 people who shop here.
Besides the downtown and mid-town business districts,
there is a large, growing shopping district at
the northern edge of Wooster with almost all the stores
anyone could want! We have Wayne College of The University
of Akron, The College of Wooster as well as the Ohio
Agricultural Research and Development Center (O.A.R.D.C.)
and A.T.I., where you can get two-year agricultural and technical
training and then head down to Ohio State in Columbus to finish
a bachelors. There has been a lot of spending on infrastructure.
We have great schools for children, too, and a Lot of healthcare
readily available. Our big, new Wooster Community hospital is
nationally ranked in several areas, and The Cleveland Clinic
has offices here, too. We are not too distant from the much bigger
cities of Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, as well.

December 21, 2020

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Wooster, Ohio
an Appreciation of My Hometown

In memory of the poor and homeless
people I have known in Wooster

The Truthful Patriot’s Corner (Link to Home page and blog), December 21, 2020, by Paul Evans. Main videoideo courtesy of Sharon Patterson and YouTube. I have been relatively rich and I have fallen on bad times and known homelessness. I love you Wooster! Featured photograph shows the downtown Wooster re-developed shopping center and loft apartments named after Stanley Gault. Happy Solstice Everyone!!

Wooster is a GREAT place to live! However it seems sometimes that we ignore the poverty in the midst of our plenty. I will say that now Wooster has many social service agencies who help the average guy and the poor a lot! Two places of poverty, “Poverty trailer park,” where the owner managed to rack up a $200,000 back water bill, is no more. Neither is our Tent City, where the (Native American) land ceded to the Tribes by Treaty, long ago, because somehow a lawyer managed to buy that land from the Federal Government (even though legally it was not theirs to sell). I had too stay there twice. When it was bulldozed, people who managed to stay told me that most of those homeless people, most of whom were strong Christians, had been shipped off to a FEMA camp in upstate New York, about 2015. So they have been shipping the homeless off to FEMA camps at least since then. Please excuse the sour note. Since then, there has been a lot of new home and retirement village construction and Wooster is now a place where wealthy people come to retire. (I guess that’s what accounts for the infrastructure spending.)

The Wayne County Courthouse, shown below in a photo, which my mother Eleanor and the League of Women Voters saved from replacement by a modern glass tower, is an architectural dinosaur and the single thing many people remember from a short visit to our fair city. See photos of the Wayne County Courthouse and other Wooster landmark buildings here. And Wooster City Schools are excellent. Wayne County is about 106,000 people spread out in farms and towns and hamlets all over the county. It was named for General “Mad Anthony” Wayne from the American Revolutionary War.

Wooster itself is a town of about 26,000 souls, but since we are the marketing hub for a population of 130,000, who all shop here, we are developed and economically advanced, with many of the stores expected in much bigger towns and cities, so the demographers say we are a “micropolitan area.” There are a LOT of great stores ladies will like, such as Kohls, Marcs and a lot of “warehouse, refurbished, convenient-type” and “dollar-type” stores, too. There are a few coffee and doughnuts shops, even a Starbucks. Besides CEOs and managers, Wooster has a lot of wage earners, (clerks, with a few factories workers) so the dollar-type stores do well, as does the Wall*Mart Super Center. There are sporting goods stores and fitness centers, too, several drug stores, quite a few independent little boutiques which have lots of cool clothes, lots of jewelry stores, and much more. We have LOTS of restaurants, from fast food and pizza joints, to little “hole in the wall” restaurants that are local treasures. Our eating faire is typically American, but we have some good ethnic restaurants here too. There are more expensive places to eat, too, like “Black Tie Affair” and “The Wooster Inn” and my own favorite, (which actually is quite reasonable), the “Tulipan Hungarian Pastry & Coffee Shop” (call 330-264-8092 boy I’d sure like some pastries about now!) and many more. There are Three McDonalds and at least that many Subways, two Wendy’s, two Taco Bells and (at least) one Burger King, and all the usual pizza shops. The locals can be found hanging out at The Parlor on Liberty Street (330-262-4971) or Green Leaf restaurant at the north end on Cleveland Road (330-345-6797). [(Triva questiton for Woosterites: name the 11 motels you can stay at in Wooster.)] You can take a “virtual tour” of Wooster, here.

All this and more is spread out in three shopping districts, an older downtown, a midtown, and an expanding, modern, north end development. Wooster is pretty well “spread out,” and most people live out in the country or in small towns or villages. For writers and computer geeks like me, there’s a Best Buy, a Staples, and you might want to check out this YP List of (other) places to buy computers in Wooster and get them serviced by competent professionals.

For the more voracious reader, we have The Wooster Book Company, Books in Stock (a great used and rare book store), and The College of Wooster book store. And Wooster is an official “tree city,” where even very modest homes have big lawns with wonderful trees and gardens. There is also a special Arboretum and Gardens at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. The local paper is The Daily Record, which manages to combine great local coverage with the more important topics of national interest, and is now with good content from USA Today. Also please feel encouraged to visit the website of the Wayne County Historical Society. Look through a great collection of photos about Wooster on the images tab for a search about Wooster on Bing. May God Bless Wooster, Ohio, those who live in affluence as well as poor, late-blooming souls like me.

The daily Bible verse at the Official King James Bible online is Colossian 2:6 — “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: — or as I might explain it, “Faith without works is dead.” In America, you cannot really live on the income from one or two jobs, as a family, in any comfort or sometimes in an economically feasible way at all. Yes, sure, if you have a good job, you’ve got it made. Otherwise… Watch American Story: Tent City USA (this is an important video by Russia Today). Find out about the Tent City in Wooster and what happened to it, here. Please visit the website of the Haven of Rest Ministries of Akron, Ohio. Did you know that $1.92 buys a homeless man or woman a meal? Please consider donating to the Haven. Even $10 or $20 helps.

For inspiration watch Silver and Gold by U2 (from Rattle and Hum). Finally, if you are a factory or indtrial or commercial concern thinking of relocating to Wooster, I know that we have land zoned “your way” readily available, with good tax relief plans, too.

“The Square” – Downtown Wooster

The Wayne County Courthouse in Wooter Ohio

Wooster, Ohio “Tent City”
The Faces of the Evicted

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