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.