Our house is set one house down from a T intersection and along a shortcut between two busy roads. We have met some of the folks in the neighborhood, the ones with kids anyway, but some of the houses on the street I couldn’t tell you if anyone at all lived there. I think that is a common problem in most neighborhoods and in an effort to address that issue one of the neighbors organized a street painting project on the T intersection. He gathered the necessary signatures, raised money for the paints, and worked with the city on the date and time. When the day came we blocked off the streets and hoped for clear weather.
Folks from up and down the block came out to lend a hand and we met people we had never seen before putting faces to houses. The boys loved getting to paint the road but most of all they loved the road being closed for two whole days. This was such a fun time coming together for creative project that not only brightens our street but strengthens our community. I have already noticed people slowing down as they take the shortcut down our street. There is something about a giant mural int he road that makes you slow down and notice your surroundings.