Image by Joe Shlabotnik via Flickr
Yesterday we attended the Annual Coolidge Ave. Block Party. Looking back, I admit that the annual block party sold me on the house that I bought here on Coolidge Ave. back in 1994. As I came for a final visit with the Realtor, I saw the notice slipped under the door notifying the neighbors that the block party would take place at the end of July. I wanted to live on a block that had an annual block party...
Fifteeen years later, it's now held in September; some neighbors moved on, some new neighbors arrived, many have stayed and the food and conversation remain consistently good.
Over the years, we've talked about putting a neighborhood directory together. Today we talked about it again. Tonight I came home and logged into Ning.com and began to create a Coolidge Ave. Neighbors social network. At first, I just wanted a place to post names, addresses and contact information with a picture of each house on the block. Then I brainstormed and created a number of online groups as part of the network, including:
- Neighborhood Watch: Report information here so we all can keep on eye on crime and work to prevent it on Coolidge Avenue.
- Sharing the Backyard Harvest: Don't let your backyard harvests and bumper crops go to waste. Post here to let neighbors know about the fruits and vegetables you can share.
- Neighborhood Freecycle: Reuse, Recycle, Freecycle! Don't throw it away ... post here to find your stuff a new home. Your trash could be someone else's treasure.
- Helping Hand: Need a helping hand? Able to lend a helping hand? Connect with your neighbors here.
- Lost and Found: From pets to possessions, if you lost it or found it post a message here.
- Neighbor to Neighbor: A place for neighbors to let each other know about their businesses, services and goods for sale or barter.