Sister - Neighborhoods
I live in the CWE and have for 30 years. We border North St. Louis. There is way too much crime in North St Louis. Whenever I have heard about a murder and been exposed to the terrible loss experienced by the family, friends and those left behind via the media I have often thought about the following. I wish that one neighborhood would adopt another, sort of like sister cities around the world. A more advantaged neighborhood would be linked to a less advantaged neighborhood. The point would be to really become neighbors. What gave me this idea was observing the loss, pain and anguish in the faces of those who had a neighbor, friend or family member killed. I would like to see a spontaneous protest march made up of committed people not just from the neighborhood where the crime took place but of people from the sister neighborhood joining in this march, this protest march. Two neighborhoods can be organized as easily as one. It is just a case of bringing them together to make commitments to each other. This would be a case of one neighborhood looking out for another. St Louis is famous for its “neighborhoods” but it means nothing really unless we are neighborly with one another. There could be a Planning Committee made up of committed neighborhood members. They could brainstorm to figure out what issues they would like to come together over. Then a template could be created of how to address a variety of items be it a protest or a community barbeque.
My other idea is to create a Poetry Park. I would think that this would be primarily a “Visual Poetry Park,” something that would be like a living document of poetry ever being added to it. We have a wonderful sculpture park downtown – but words are so important, I would love to see a space devoted to them. If this is not a feasible idea then I would love to see an artistic citywide endeavor that would mimic the cows in Chicago, the butterflies elsewhere, the pigs in another city and the horses in another. Artists chose a cow (in the cow city) and created a work of art that was placed in a predetermined place for all to appreciate. Well, why not visual poetry?