Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Seattle Neighbor Appreciation Day

was yesterday.  From the Seattle Neighbor Appreciation Day webpage:

Saturday, February 9, 2013, marks Seattle's 19th annual celebration of Neighbor Appreciation Day. This is the day when we reach out, create new bonds, and express thanks to those who live or work around us.

The celebration began in 1995 when Phinney Ridge activist Judith Wood suggested that the City designate "a special day to celebrate the goodness in those around us and to reach out and strengthen our bonds to each other." Mayor Norm Rice proclaimed the Saturday before Valentine's Day as Neighbor Appreciation Day. The observance has grown every year since.

For example,block parties, potlucks and work parties are being hosted by community centers, city parks, and fire stations--so the Seattle Fire Department had open houses at every one of their stations.  (Pictured: Seattle Fire Station No. 38, Ballard.  Wikipedia photo.)

A webpage has a list of potential ideas for community organizing and other activities.

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