Like many initiatives, there were a couple of motivated people who initiated the activities on the street that make it special and, I suspect, help maintain enthusiasm. At the same time, it sounds like other people are building on the initial impetus.
There are a number of wonderful initiatives in the street including a register of skills and resources people in the street are willing to share, showing movies on the side of a truck, and (one which I suspect could be unpopular with at least some people in the street) a Sustainability Fiesta.
I was talking with somebody the other day who suggested that people generally want to have connections with their neighbours (to at least some extent) and often it just needs someone to take the initiative and to make it easy for them to become involved.
There are lots of ways this can happen. The Kid’s Vegies on the Verge is an example in our street. One of our friends organised a Christmas Party and knocked on the doors of houses in the street. (She said it helped having a baby – people seemed less suspicious.) The Transition Streets Challenge is doing it in other streets. A backyard cafe has done it in Tighes Hill.
What other examples do you know of streets where neighbours have built something special?
You can watch an inspiring TEDx talk by Shani Graham (from Hulbert Street) at Take a street and build a community.
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