Way back in 2012, neighbors started talking about what we could do to make the corner of Linden Avenue and Brooks Lane and more attractive, comfortable, and inviting place. Since then, neighbors have worked with volunteer designers from the Neighborhood Design Center to develop a site plan that includes trees, walkways, and seating areas that especially cater to the older residents who live nearby. Come join us this weekend–Saturday 11/12 from 10am-3pm and Sunday 11/13 from 1pm-5pm– for a groundbreaking and tree planting work day at the corner of Linden Avenue and Brooks Lane!
For more information: Contact Jonathan Bettle, email@example.com, and check out the project’s Facebook page.
And for those who can’t wait until this weekend to imagine new uses for the space, you can click on one of the images below to play around with ideas (and type in something like “2513 Linden Ave.” to get started):
A few weeks ago, a reporter and photographer from The New York Times visited us on Whitelock St. to talk about what happens to neighborhoods when cities use large-scale demolition to create big blocks of vacant land. Though our quotes didn’t quite make it into the final version (Page A15 of the 11/12/13 edition), some pictures were included in both the print edition and the on-line slide show!
We hope this is just the beginning–we’ve invited the reporter to come back anytime, and we even tried to submit a follow-up letter-to-the-editor making the case for why neighborhood projects like this deserve more attention!
When you start knocking on doors asking neighbors what they think about the idea of planting a tree in front of their house, you learn that people can have very strong opinions about trees. But whether they love ‘em or hate ‘em, usually there’s a lot of confusion about just what kind of impact a tree might have on nearby homes, sidewalk panels, utility wires and pipes, cars, gutters, birds, rodents, and on and on.
In fall 2013, we worked with a local designer (thanks Katherine!) and a Reservoir Hill-based illustrator (thanks Lisa!) to create a booklet that gives folks a few facts, lots of descriptions, and a bit of hand-drawn whimsy to help determine what kind of tree is the best match for each person, situation, and taste. We feature testimonials from neighbors who have recently planted each of the 5 presented tree species, and we’ll use the “Tree Menu” to help select the 50-75 trees we’ll be planting with neighbors this fall.
We have printed copies of the “Tree Menu” available at the RHIC office, but for everyone else feel free to click on each of the following images to enlarge!
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The view from the top of Whitelock St. and Brookfield Ave. (10/29/13)
For a long time we’ve been talking about all the things that we still needed to accomplish on the Whitelock “South Lots/Community Park” site: grading, laying pathways, installing seating, etc. We’ve now reached the point where we’re not just talking about what has to happen, but actually doing them! And for the first time ever, you can see the outlines of where the lawn will go, how tall the berm might be, and what the new bus stop corner lounge could look like.
Grading the site (10/15/13)
Of course, that doesn’t mean we’re done with our seemingly never-ending quest to recycle every piece of granite and brick we found buried on the site. Our plan is to build seat benches and edging out of the salvaged materials over the next few weeks. Come join us every Saturday morning from now through the end of November!
Volunteers sifting through the rubble (10/26/13)
And don’t forget: if you’d like to keep up with all the up-to-the-minute developments on Whitelock St. and beyond, check out our Instagram @rhicgreen!
Completing site grading at the Whitelock South Lots (10/15/13)
Do you ever find yourself idly scrolling through your phone and asking, “I wonder what is going on in Reservoir Hill right now?” Well, today is your luck day because you can now keep up with almost-instant photographic evidence of what’s happening–whether it’s bobcats on Whitelock St. or tree planting on Brookfield Ave.– by following us on Instagram @rhicgreen.
So next time you’re taking a picture of a Reservoir Hill tree’s beautiful fall colors (with or without additional photo filters!), share it with us. And if you’ve got ideas for hashtags– #greenthehill, #green21217, #reshillgreen– let us know!
Neighbors at the Mayor’s Spring Clean Up on Whitelock St. (4/20/13)
Join us for the 2013 Mayor’s Fall Clean Up. We’ll have tools, paper trash bags, and we hope a dumpster, too! Help prepare our two community gardens for winter, recycle building debris into benches on the South Lots, , or just come by to pick up supplies to clean up your block!
WHEN: 9am-12pm Saturday 10/26/13
WHERE: Intersection of Whitelock St. and Brookfield Ave.
Though it seems the rain follows us every year, the 3rd annual Whitelock Harvest Fest would not be undone by gloomy forecasts or cool temperatures! More than 400 neighbors and friends gathered on Whitelock St. to celebrate with food, music, activities for kids, and most importantly, lots of smiles. Thanks to our photographer Howard for capturing it all!
This is what a Whitelock St. full of people looks like:
Kids activities tent:
Pedal-powered fruit smoothies:
As always, Whitelock Community Farm’s Greens Cook Off featured the best tasting home-made greens recipes you’ll ever find, with dishes inspired by neighbors from as close as Brookfield Ave. and as far as Vietnam and Cameroon. This year, friends from Beth Am Synagogue also presented a variety of sweet and savory kugel casseroles to offer new tastes to attendees.
Popular vote recipe winners:
And of course, lots and lots of happy people enjoying an event that brings together folks from all ages and backgrounds:
In fall 2010, Whitelock Community Farm hosted neighborhood kids for an afternoon of pumpkin-painting, sack races, and apple bobbing, all on the 1/4 acre lot the Farm had just begun to cultivate. Every year since then, the Whitelock Harvest Festival, co-sponsored by the Farm and RHIC, has added more activities, participants, and energy to a day-long block party celebrating all the progress that neighbors have made toward re-making Whitelock St. a community gathering place for residents of all ages.
Join us this Sunday 10/13/13 from 12pm-6pm on Whitelock St. (between Linden Ave. and Brookfield Ave.) for more food, music, and community!