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City Convene connects faith and local leaders to improve communities Part 2

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Story By Lyndsey Schley

Neighboring Your Actual Neighbors

Dave Runyon and Jay Pathak, from Denver CO, discussed their concept of “Neighboring.”

Pathak learned through experience the importance of understanding the landscape of other service providers and working effectively with them.

His church began reaching out to the community through basketball programs, but soon began offering other assistance such as addiction recovery services.  During a visit to a government housing project, he ran into a worker from a social services agency.  Pathak discovered that by offering services isolated from other agencies, they had accidentally undermined much of their work.

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City Convene connects faith and local leaders to improve communities

 

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Story By Lyndsey Schley

 

Business, government, non-profit and faith leaders came together to discuss ways they could work as a group on local social issues at the GoodCities City Convene conference Oct. 18 and 19  at St. George family Center in Akron, OH.

About 110 attendees came to collaborate in the event hosted by the Love Akron Network. The event offered attendees opportunities to learn from speakers who run successful community programs and to network and collaborate with other community members.

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Better Block Coming to Akron Ohio

MainStinAkronPhoto of Main Street in Akron, Ohio by Flickr user Kevin T. Quinn.

 

Have you heard the term Better Block? It’s spreading fast here in Akron these days. Google “Better Block, Akron Ohio” and you’ll see nine different references.

The Better Block is a community development demonstration tool that uses grassroots efforts to show residents the potential to create a walkable, bikeable, lively, neighborhood center. The project helps residents envision “what could be,” with temporary “pop-up” businesses, bicycle lanes and pedestrian friendly design. Better Blocks are being performed in cities around the world, and have helped communities rapidly implement neighborhood improvements that can become permanent.

The Knight Foundation and Team Better Block have begun laying the groundwork for their first collaboration with the city of Akron. The North Hill neighborhood has been selected for the city’s first Better Block, and residents, business owners, and city staff have partnered to prepare the Temple Square block (Cuyahoga Falls Avenue and Main Street) for this transformation.
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