Every New Year's Day, the City Daily Photo blogs asks participants to select their favorite photograph of the year. For GDP, the task was daunting; however, in the end, we selected this photo of an autumn event in Lindley Park. The Lindley Park neighborhood has worked diligently to build a sense of community. They host neighborhood events and have several businesses that keep people socializing in the neighborhood: Bestway Grocery Store has its famous "beer wall"; their coffee shop, with its many rooms, encourages hanging out; there are restaurants at all price points; a Saturday farmers' market is set up at the corner of Elam and Walker Avenue; and their laundry mat serves up beer and conversation. Their arboretum hosts many well-attended events; they have a community newsletter, started several years ago by an elementary school student and they work together for community grants- like "Knit the Bridge". The above photo was taken at a backyard keep-it-local art event hosted by Lindley Park potter, Christine Brown. As seen in the above photo, her yard is inviting and open to neighbors of all ages.
One of the big changes in Greensboro in 2015 is that the City Council instated participatory budgeting. We are the first city in the south to launch this initiative. Residents in each of Greensboro's 5 districts are invited to decide how to spend $100,000 in their district.* We hope you will join us in our New Year's resolution to be more involved in our community. Helping your district decide how to spend your $100,000 is a good start. They even have a Facebook page!
Regardless of where you live, we hope 2016 is the best year yet. We thank you for reading Greensboro Daily Photo. Please share our link on your Facebook page and let all of your friends, and neighborhood associations, know we are here. Tomorrow is GDP's 7th anniversary. On Saturday, we'll be starting our 8th year. Please stop back and help us celebrate! Happy New Year!
* Learn all about Greensboro's participatory budgeting initiative, here.