Who doesn’t love a great street fair? A food-themed festival? A lively block party where all the neighbors haul out grills and folding tables and have a chance to attach names to faces to house numbers? A night of dancing under the stars or a concert on the green?
Newton has great people. Let’s get to know each other! Let’s create programs that engage all sectors of the population and all household configurations. (30% of our households are non-family households.) Let’s team up with other local institutions to expand our city’s offerings. Let’s commit to having block parties several times a year to bring neighbors together. Let’s do the outreach and marketing required. Because having strong social connections is vital to the well-being of each of us and our city.
What can the city do to make this a reality?
Partner with other local institutions to leverage existing resources to expand city programming options. Commit to marketing and outreach to make the programs a success. Develop a simple how-to block party checklist to make it easy for neighbors to put them on. Revisit community programming regularly to make sure we’re up with the times and doing all we can to get people to come out and be part of our shared communal life.
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