Monday May 3, 2010
For Immediate Release:
Majority When warm weather comes, Metro Council President Tom Owen creates an opportunity for 8th District neighbors to get to know one another better.
“With the coming of May, we will see the return of Front Porch Tuesdays,” says Owen. “Everyone who can should get out and spend some time talking with the people who live across the street.”
Owen came up with the idea for Front Porch Tuesdays four years ago. He believes it is a way to build up communities and neighborhoods in a very simple way.
“Many of us remember growing up, how on a warm spring or summer night, it was common to sit on a neighbors porch and just talk about what happened during the day or the week,” says Owen. “It was a way to catch up on news of the neighborhood.”
His simple idea is to designate two Tuesday evenings in May as Front Porch Tuesdays.
The first Tuesday (May 11) the residents with house numbers that end in an odd number are asked to invite their neighbors across the street on the even numbered side to come over for a front porch sit.
Then the next Tuesday (May 18) the even numbered side of the street sits out and invites the folks from across the street to come over. Over the years, Owen has observed that the Front Porch visits go better if there are a few snacks with tea or lemonade to help the conversation go down.
“It’s amazing, there’s a renewed interest in neighborhoods when people get to know those who move into their area,” says Owen. “Sometimes new friendships begin when we decide to take a simple walk across the street.”
Owen hasn't bothered to copyright his Front Porch Tuesdays idea so he invites neighbors everywhere to join in if they get the spirit.
For more information about Front Porch Tuesdays, contact President Owen’s office at 574-1108.
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