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A crazy success

Posted by Elwin Green on September 16, 2010 at 8:23 AM

On Tuesday, Faison Academy, on Tioga Street was the site of an unusual meeting. It was unusual, first, in its purposes. The meeting was held to inform Homewood residents about some good and positive changes happening in our neghborhood and to invite them to participate in creating more good and positive changes going forward.

It was not a time for grief, or for outrage, or the venting of frustrations or the voicing of suspicions. It was a time for good news, and thus was billed primarily as a celebration.

Of what? Mainly, the Homewood Children's Village, the project to replicate on a smaller scale the Harlem Children's Zone. The Homewood Children's Village has quietly been moving through the planning stages for more than two years now, and Tuesday was its official unveiling to the community.

The evening also introduced the Children, Youth and Family Master Plan, a project to help the dozens of social services in Homewood to operate in a more coordinated and focused way.

AND, it was the first public meeting about "Bridging the Busway," the transit-oriented development project centered on the Homewood Avenue stop of the East Busway, with an eye toward bridging the Homewood and Point Breeze communities.

Besides the information shared in the meeting itself, there were tables set up in the hallways and in classrooms where people could learn about Operation Better Block, the 524 Cafe, and I don't know what all else.

I was in on some of the planning sessions for this event; the attendance goal was 300 to 500 people - pretty ambitious.

On that score, at least, the meeting was a crazy success. As I tweeted that night, the joint was packed. Evans Moore, of Operation Better Block, estimated that the crowd was easily 600.

Sigh. Gotta go. More later.

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Reply PDavis
9:52 PM on September 16, 2010 
Not only was it a crazy success, it was an energetic beginning to a large amount of concerted work to make Homewood the way we want it to be for our children. I know you mean crazy in the positive use of the word, but my focus is on the "success" because that's exactly what it was -- quite successful.
Reply Kiva
5:00 PM on September 19, 2010 
Great to see such positivity in the neighborhood. We must build on that great evening. Keep on pushing...
Reply Carol A. Fisher
10:23 PM on September 19, 2010 
I was wondering if there was any publicity on this. The event was very informative and entertaining. The friend I came with said she noticed tears in even the men's eyes from the video presentation. I'm glad that I was a small part of the many volunteers who contributed to this great effort.