We have a new neighbor down the block– our neighborhood association. I’ve been meaning to get involved in the neighborhood for months, and I got further encouragement from the previous owners of our house when we had them over for dinner this past weekend. They both served on neighborhood action groups when they lived here. Between their prodding and the fact that I can now walk to the meetings, my excuses for not participating are looking flimsy indeed.
This is the first storefront location for the neighborhood association and it joins a resurgent commercial node at Cedar Avenue and 42nd Street that is going through some major business transitions. Fortunately, the new businesses that have opened are better than the old businesses and empty storefronts they replaced.
A new business has yet to open in a large space that was a flooring store for many years, and the Danish-American center on the corner has listed it’s building for sale. I am hopeful that the presence of the SENA neighborhood office will bring some additional attention to business development in our area and invigorate efforts to curb the recent spike in graffiti.
The neighborhood board meets next Monday– I think I’ll have to walk over and check it out.