Just the sound of the word “meeting” is boring. And it’s no wonder, when most meetings trap their participants indoors. But when you meet out on the sidewalk everything changes. We discuss why.Read More
This is our second piece on working with merchants to help them understand and support ideas for change. In this article, organizer Madeleine Savit explains the art of relationship-building with merchants and how to integrate their visions for change into a project.Read More
Transforming our streets into more socially-oriented places is the future. But change can be hard and merchants often seem to stand in the way. Does it have to be like this? We catch up with community event organizer and local merchant Angie Petitt-Taylor for her insights on how to include businesses in the push for positive change.Read More
Block parties make the world a better place. And yet, many cities make the process cumbersome and expensive. We look at all US cities of over 300,000 to see who’s encouraging block parties and who isn’t.Read More
Want to organize a social get-together for you and your neighbors? What do you do and how do you make it a success? You might feel nervous about being the first one to reach out, but don’t worry; here are some tips on getting started.Read More
What happens when you reclaim your street as a social space for the day? Everything! Organizing a block party can change the lives of everybody on a street. You’ll know your neighbors, you’ll be happier. Here’s some of what you can look forward to at your next block party.Read More
Neighbors in the past danced together. And they danced in the streets. But community dancing in public has vanished from modern society. How did this happen, why is group dance important, and how can we bring it back?Read More
I started ringing my neighbors’ doorbells at age 8. Initially nervous, I soon learned to love meeting all the kind people behind those doors. Meeting your neighbors can change your life – and theirs. Don’t be shy to ring their doorbell! Here’s the story of an 8 year old who did…Read More
At dozens of block parties, I’ve seen community spring to life. When neighbors take back their street from traffic for just one day it can change everything. If we could see our streets as social spaces rather than just thoroughfares, life could be very different.Read More
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