This past weekend staff and volunteers from La Casa were involved in helping to build a better block on Western Ave. We were asked by the Association of REALTORS to help with their Better Block program to highlight the development potential of Western Ave. We jumped head first into the program and it was a great adventure.
We helped develop the theme “Al Ritmo de la Western” to show off the rhythm our neighborhood to the rest of the community. It was a great chance to host community meetings, collect input and rally supporters for Western Ave. It was most importantly a chance to show off the great things happening on Western Ave. and bring people out who might not normally visit the area. We also got some great media attention:
Community Meeting: WNDU (7/23/14)
Market Basket: Tribune (7/24/14)
Clean Up Events: WSBT (9/24/14)
Pre-Event Coverage: ABC57 (10/16/14)
Weekend Coverage: WNDU Friday/Saturday
Tribune: Event Day Pictures (10/18/14)
Tribune: Event Article (10/19/14)
One of our contributions to the event was to help with the Art Gallery and we pulled together a few different Latino and local artist work together. The two Latino artist we brought were Maclovio Cantu and Julian Alcantar. We also showed art from the Drew family of artists and of course art from the kids from La Casa de Amistad programs.
Some of the before and after shots were impressive, and the turnout was great despite awful weather. It was a great weekend, the mayor came, and we had so many first time visitors to the neighborhood that we know will come back again. It was nice to see people rolling up their sleeves and putting their arms around one of our blocks and making it a better place.
We want to thank the Association of REALTORS, and most importantly Laurie LaDow and Myron Larimer who got paint on their pants and helped our neighborhood. They championed the project, rallied lots of support, and helped our neighborhood know that people in the community believe in our potential… sometimes that is all it takes, for you to know that other people care… because our neighborhood has been ignored for a long time.
We hope that all the people who came out will come back for another visit. There were so many requests for us to do this again so we will see what the future holds as we keep moving Al Ritmo de le Western! Thanks again everyone!