2008 Front Porch underway in District 8
Monday May 5, 2008
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/ 526-3622
Once again, Councilman Tom Owen is encouraging residents of District 8 to leave the comfort zone of their homes and go out and talk to their neighbors at a simple meeting place: the front porch.
“This is the third year, we have encouraged Front Porch Tuesdays. Each year, it continues to grow,” says Owen. “With the beautiful spring we have had so far, we’ve structured a time for neighbors to talk and visit with one another.”
The idea is a simple one. On two Tuesday evenings in the month of May, neighbors will either host or go visit their neighbors on the opposite side of the street. On May 13th, people who live on the odd numbered side of the street will host. Then on May 20th, the even number side of the street will welcome an evening of conversation.
In apartments and streets where there are no neighbors across the street, Councilman Owen is asking folks to use their imagination.
To let your neighbors know you are participating, pick up a Front Porch Tuesday sign at the Highlands/Shelby Park Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library, 1250 Bardstown Road and displaying it in the yard.
“To often, we have let time go by and we just do not get know the people who live right next door to us or the people we may throw a glance at when we hop in the car in the morning to go to work,” says Owen. “Many of us remember the days growing up when you knew just about every one in the neighborhood. That is the goal here.”
Owen says hosting does not have to be elaborate. The idea is just to talk and find out if there is anything in the neighborhood that may be of common interest as you get to know other home owners. “After all,” he says “for some, community is built one ‘howdy do’ at a time.”
For more information about Front Porch Tuesdays, contact Councilman Owen’s office at 574-1108.
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