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Thursday, February 7, 2013
I feel optimistic when I see and hear the goodness happening in Roanoke’s Belmont neighborhood. I regularly ride my bicycle through the neighborhood, and have been noticing a much cleaner place. Houses are being painted, yards are being kept up and I don’t see trash in the streets.
I also read about what the leaders of the neighborhood are working toward: closer relationships and unity (“The neighborly thing to do,” Feb. 4 editorial). Those things are what will continue to strengthen its foundation. That’s the basis for a great place to live.
In your area, consider creating a pocket neighborhood. Pocket neighborhoods are clustered groups of neighboring houses or apartments gathered around a shared open space — a garden courtyard, a pedestrian street, a series of joined back yards or a reclaimed alley — that has a clear sense of territory and shared stewardship. It can be in urban, suburban or rural areas.
Continued dialogue with our neighbors will help us all be healthier and happier. It will also reflect on the entire city. Roanoke has many great neighborhoods. Please get to know yours. You might be surprised how it can change your life.
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