“We were born to unite with our fellow men, and to join in community with the human race.” — Cicero
Strong, vibrant neighborhoods are critical to the continued success of Columbus, and my administration works hard every day to lift up communities in need to assure every neighborhood has the opportunity to thrive. Sometimes, that means working collaboratively to chart a path for future development, like the neighborhood masterplans being developed with residents in Linden and the Hilltop. Other times, it means bringing neighbors together to focus on the here and now, working together in more targeted ways to improve our community as we do through Neighborhood Pride.
Since its inception in 2000, the Neighborhood Pride Program has served over 100 communities throughout Columbus. Neighborhood Pride strengthens the relationship between the city and residents and empowers neighbors and businesses to work together with the city to improve our neighborhoods.
So far this year, we’ve had three Neighborhood Pride events — one in Schumacher Place, another in Strawberry Farms, and this week in the Beechwood/Pinecrest area on the east side. During “Pride Weeks,” we remove tons of bulk trash, fill potholes, and prune and remove trees that impede paths on our sidewalks and alleyways.
What I love about Neighborhood Pride is that it involves everyone in the community — both kids and adults. Elementary school-age children can participate in a bicycle safety program, and our middle school-age youth can showcase their talents at the Neighborhood Pride talent show held in December.
Adults can attend events and activities held each day during Neighborhood Pride, including Mobility Monday, a Neighborhood Safety Academy on Tuesday and Wellness Wednesday. These events highlight different transportation options, teach residents how to keep their homes and neighborhoods safe, and provide tips on how to live healthier lives through fun activities like cooking demonstrations.
Employees from across all City departments — Neighborhoods, Safety, Public Health, Building and Zoning, Development, Public Service, Public Utilities and Recreation and Parks — working side-by-side with Columbus residents, help to make a huge impact in a very short period of time. And, none of it would be possible without the commitment and dedication of the residents who make up our area commissions, civic associations and block watches.
Columbus is our home. We are many neighborhoods but one Columbus. Working together we can make Columbus America’s Opportunity City.
Andrew J. Ginther was elected the 53rd mayor of Columbus on Nov. 3, 2015, succeeding Mayor Michael B. Coleman who was the longest-serving mayor in Columbus history. Mayor Ginther previously served on Columbus City Council from 2007-2015, and served as president of Council from 2011 until assuming the Office of Mayor January 1, 2016. Click here to learn more about the Mayor.
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