November 2018
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800 East Bikeway Project

The Joaquin Neighborhood was recently awarded a matching grant to improve the use of 800 East as a bicycle boulevard. They wanted to help bicyclists to see it as a preferred route. Neighbors came together to make improvements to an existing cross-block alleyway that connects 900 East to 800 East close to 450 North. Sharrows (shared lane markings) were painted on the streets and signs will be installed along the route. Neighbors have also been working on painting a mural in the alleyway. 

Involved Magazine

Mayor Kaufusi recently replaced the monthly Provo City newsletter with a quarterly magazine that has been merged with the parks and recreation activity guide. This has enhanced the City's print communications while cutting costs. The Winter 2018 edition features the Neighborhood Program, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Listening Tour

One of the things Mayor Kaufusi promised during her campaign was to get out to the neighborhoods and bring the government to the people. She delivered on this over the last few months with her Listening Tour. Neighborhood Chairs and Vice Chairs were asked to provide hot topics and questions for their areas so the right staff could be there to answer those questions. While every area visited had asked about the Police, Fire and City Facilities Bond, there were many other questions asked - road signs, parking, zoning problems, road designs, wastewater infrastructure, parks, affordable housing, and more.

Things got a little smoother at each stop on the Listening Tour. The events also got longer as residents asked for more time. Encouraged by the success of the meetings, Mayor Kaufusi wants to make this an annual event. Many residents mentioned how pleased they were to have this forum to ask questions and to have department heads there to provide the answers.

Building Blocks

Ideas from other neighborhoods

A class act: McGillis students rake neighbors' yards
The school's 430 students teamed up to help neighbors in the 1300 East and 700 South area combat autumn’s leaves by working in "family groups” consisting of a student from each of the school’s grades. “Our school is one founded on the values of community and doing good deeds,” Rachel Gardner, McGillis School service learning coordinator, said in a statement. “Our students love this day, as we are working together to help others outside our school community.”

Tong-Wielding ‘Trash Runners’ Fight Litter in Shanghai
After sunset on a hot July night, the Shanghai Trash Runners moved quickly through a park along the Suzhou River, garbage bags and plastic tongs in hand. They scanned the sidewalk for cigarette butts, bottles, food containers, or any other litter that needed to be plucked from the ground and properly deposited into their bags. Zig-zagging through crowds of people out for evening strolls, through middle-aged dancers moving in sync to patriotic music, the Trash Runners left Shanghai a little cleaner in their wake.

The Case for Community Gardens
The idea of a community garden isn’t a new one. Long before urban and suburban dwellers started pitching up balcony herb gardens, people found that coming together to plant hope in the ground was a pretty good thing. Now, when modern life seems to be more stressful and uncertain than ever, community gardens could prove to be the salve that heals our hurting communities.

The Art of Neighboring
Neighborhoods are where it all happens – this is where most of us live! These are the micro-communities where someone might bend your ear over the fence or in the driveway about what’s happening because they know you work in government. As we all know, neighbors come in all flavors. While you can choose your neighbors a little more than a family member it isn’t always possible to avoid strange or even negative neighbor dynamics. Neighbor disputes are common and commonly over petty things like noise, pets, kids, or the appearance of homes

Exploring life in an urban neighborhood through social media
Lane realized he had stumbled upon a new and unstudied phenomenon. People in his neighborhood were all living in parallel worlds on two streets: the physical streets and the digital street that technology opened to them.

Volunteers spend cold Saturday prepping neighborhood for big changes
An old neighborhood recently plagued by violence; Castalia Heights has seen its share of ups and downs. Habitat for Humanity is hoping to turn that around, by investing in the neighborhood. Their hope - residents will do the same.

Planet protector: Thomas Jefferson student starts recycling program for neighborhood
Joplin is among the communities that has implemented a curbside recycling program in recent years, but residents of other towns must be proactive if they want to recycle. Johnson believed he could act as the middleman for his neighbors, picking up their recyclable items at their curbs and taking them himself to be recycled.

Riverside Purpose Built effort aims to revitalize northeast Wilmington neighborhood
Under the Purpose Built model, REACH Riverside will work in partnership with community members and other partners to develop and implement strategies for a career education pipeline, mixed-income housing, and a community health and wellness initiative.

Poems written by residents of Houston neighborhood inspire colorful community murals
The colorful murals "make it more welcoming," Siddiqui said, and give people "the sense that someone cares for them." Artist Natalia Victoria painted a garden based on the poem "Ego For Thought" by local resident Emmanuel Nwaobi. "The poem was about the community working together to be a better community," Victoria told the Chronicle.

What’s the Deal With Giant Games in Parks and Plazas?
“We see the increase in giant games as one of the ways cities are being creative about cost-effective ways to activate and enliven plazas,” said Erin Lonoff, a director at the real estate and economic development consulting firm HR&A Advisors, which has worked on major public spaces like Brooklyn Bridge Park and CityCenter in D.C.

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People often ask us how they can give feedback or suggestions on matters that Provo City is handling or looking into. Here are a few ways to make your voice heard:

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