A Neighborhood Improvement Journal - Summer 2021


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Neighborhood Improvement – Items of Interest


Open Street Networks: Gateways to Change

Open street initiatives temporarily close networks of streets to motor vehicles, allowing people to walk, bike, skate, dance, and hang out. These initiatives enable things that “usually feel illegal or unsafe.”




Banana Kelly

In the mid 1970s, the South Bronx reached its nadir of post-WW-II decline. Numerous buildings were intentionally burned by property owners who could no longer make a profit on their investments and wanted to collect insurance. However, within this battle-scarred neighborhood, a number of grassroots organizations rose up to regain control of their community




Repair Cafe and Seeing the Beauty in Broken Things

Actually, in Silicon Valley, some engineers do still work with their hands, some people appreciate the beauty in broken things and some people help each other for free for the fun and good will of it




Building Community Resilience from the Ground Up

To boost resilience in vulnerable, under-served communities, we need to “build their adaptive capacity, their ability to work together".




Spotted: Nano Park on Oak Drive in Menlo Park

The park has hedges on three sides, a bench for sitting, a drinking fountain, and a water bowl for passing canines.






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