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.


Anonymous said...

Hi Frank. I sure wanted to extend my thanks to you today, for acknowledging the efforts of some Warrendale citizens who put forth effort, however small, into improving our community. For several years, as foreclosures have increased, I have shoveled the snow on the sidewalks of those vacant homes, mowed the lawns, picked up trash, and maintained our own property as an asset to the community. Over the past three weeks, there have been two shootings on our block, and I have been feeling a bit disillusioned, wondering if my efforts really make any difference at all, in light of more serious problems our community faces. Your kind words have given my morale a boost today, and give me an incentive to keep doing my part to make Warrendale a better place to be. Thank you for being a part of our community.

FrankNemecek said...

Hi Autumn,

Thank you for reading my blog and, more importantly, for all of the hard work you do for our neighborhood.

I leave you with one quote from Margaret Mead. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."