Author: Phil Metzler

Rolling out the Guide

That funky URL address at the top of your browser should be the first clue that this is still a development site.  The experimental nature of some of the content and posts and limited or broken links might also give it way.  Please bear with us!

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Reports of Context and Place

Since moving to Goshen in 2011, I’ve read through many documents and archives to try and make sense of this place I now call home.  Of all the reports, papers, and plans that have helped me appreciate the broader context and perspectives in our community, the three below were particularly influential and helpful.

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Who’s a Stakeholder?

The Community Resilience Guild recently studied how people are currently thinking about environmental issues, and how these perspectives shape and reflect our environmental context (more on this study conducted for the City of Goshen will be published soon).

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FarmLab Needs Assessment

The FarmLab project began with Elkhart County Commissioner Mike Yoder’s vision for transitioning Crystal Valley Dairy Farms into a farm-based educational center dedicated to preserving local agricultural land and capacity.

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Preserving the Truth

One of the driving motivations for creating the Goshen Guide has been to catalog and curate existing information to make it more accessible for future inquiry and research. With the proposed ICE detention center bringing immigration law enforcement into the spotlight and threatening further polarization, my hope is that the Guide can be a community resource by gathering relevant current information into one place.

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The Story of Kauffman Park

The story of the Allan J. Kauffman Park weaves together many common themes from Goshen’s history and current revitalization. It addresses the environmental legacy of more than a century of varied industries in one property, and the coming together of a neighborhood to advocate for a better environment and quality of life.

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