Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Cool Thing of the Week: Neighbors Who Care

I regularly go on long walks throughout the Warrendale neighborhood. I do it partly because it give me a chance to think and partly because it gives me an almost never-ending source of material for this blog.

Mostly I do it, though, because I seriously need to lose some weight. (Hey, I've lost 6 lbs. in the past couple of weeks.)

Anyway, it never fails that when I'm out, I will invariably see someone outside fixing up one of the homes in the neighborhood. Be it picking up trash at one of the vacant homes, repairing a previously vacant home so someone can move in or simply taking care of their own property - I constantly see people out there taking care of things.

It reminds me of Cooper's post on the think Detroit blog. Detroit's salvation, he argues, will not come from a corporate titan or some government program. It will come from us, the ordinary neighbors who live and work here.

It would certainly be nice if we got a little bit more help from those who take our tax dollars. However, it's clear that our ultimate salvation will come from us.

And one person after another is stepping up to the challenge.

As a result, this week I would like to recognize my fellow neighbors as the Cool Warrendale Thing of the Week.
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