WARSAW — Justin Taylor started his new job as assistant city planner for Warsaw on Monday, Aug. 22. Taylor may be new to City Hall but he’s not new to the Warsaw area.
Taylor and his family first moved to Warsaw when he was in middle school. He attended Lakeland Christian Academy and then went to Ball State University. At Ball State he graduated with a degree in landscape architecture. After graduation, he lived in Austria for a year.
“When I was in Europe I noticed that cities there were different,” says Taylor. “They revolved around the people. That’s when I really got interested in the landscape and how cities were laid out.”
When Taylor returned to the United States he worked for a design firm in Chicago. Even after all of his traveling and experiences, Taylor was excited to see a job opportunity in his home town.
“I wanted to be closer to my family,” said Taylor. “I really like the culture in Indiana and wanted to get back here, get back where my roots come from.”
When Taylor isn’t working on the bike paths or construction permits for Warsaw he can be found using his creativity. In his free time, Taylor enjoys to oil paint. He looks forward to getting back into Warsaw’s art scene and hopes to be able to use his talents in his new position.
“I am definitely a part of this community. I’m happy to be back and be able to contribute,” said Taylor. “I just want to make Warsaw a better place for everyone.”