As some of you may have heard, the NDDC is throwing a party this Thursday (October 23rd), 6 to 9 p.m. at the historic Grand Event Center in downtown Northfield. The event is free and open to the public.
Our special guest speaker is Jay Walljasper, author of The Great Neighborhood Book. The book is a Do-It-Yourself guide to strengthening your community.
Several people have asked me to start, restart, or refresh (depending on their perspective) a discussion on Locally Grown. In his introduction, Jay suggests that “People who live in a particular locale are the experts on that place”. So let’s hear from the experts.
Walljasper’s chapters are:
1. Foster a sense of community
2. Create great places to hang out
3. Tame traffic and improve transportation
4. Assure safety and promote justice
5. Boost local economic vitality
6. Keep things clean and green
7. Nurture pleasure and pizzazz
8. Make your dreams a reality
Personally, I’m a big fan of prioritization and implementation. Which of these ideas do you think are the most important and how might we achieve these goals? Is there anything important that you think is missing? Finally, are some of these ideas particular opportunities or challenges for Northfield?
Thanks for sharing your expertise and See You Downtown (at the Grand, Thursday evening). See the poster (PDF) for more.