It’s great to have big dreams and bid ideas working their way through the downtown revitalization pipeline but it’s not homeruns that win the most games — it’s all the little things we do every day that add up to something special. That’s one of Kent’s most distinguishing characteristics — we’ve got big ideas and a big university but it’s still packaged in a small town where the living is easy. Kent’s a place where how you treat somebody can still make a difference. That may sound old fashioned but that personal touch in Kent isn’t lost on visitors and I was delighted to receive an unsolicited testimonial this weekend from an out of towner who had a great experience visiting us. I wish I knew who our unnamed Kent ambassador was but somehow it’s almost better not knowing as the person could be any of us and all of us which is exactly right.
Recently my wife and I were visiting Kent because our daughter was starting her first year at Kent State. We had some time so my wife and I decided to visit downtown Kent and get some breakfast and look around. When we were looking for a place to have breakfast, a man who said he was a life long resident of Kent stopped to ask us if we needed help finding something. When we told him we were looking for a place to eat breakfast, he gave us directions to several places and gave us highlights of each places menu.
It was very apparent that he was enthusiastic about the city of Kent and made feel very welcome. I’m sorry that I did get his name, but it says a lot about a city when it’s residents are such good ambassadors.
We enjoyed a good breakfast, a walk around the River Front Park, and the rest of the downtown.