We began the meetup with a delicious meal provided by Beechmont Tavern and a variety of participants both regulars and new supporters. It was a full house. After networking, we dove into conversation about the recent State of the City address by Mayor Noam Bramson and development updates such as the recently approved location of the DPW yard. Also highlighted was the fact that the crime rate is at an all time low in 50 years.
To build community and get participants involved in discussion, Jordan Campbell, presented the three bike flyers she had created for the Night Bike Ride Party and asked for everyone's input. Then she asked for a vote of their favorite flyer to represent the event and said she would post the flyer with the suggested edits on the NBRP Facebook group page. The discussion evolved into figuring out ways to map out the ride and what considerations to take into account. Pedro Sanchez, owner of Pedro Sanchez Bicycling, offered to map out the potential route. While a few other participants said they would begin to reach out to local businesses to ask if they would be a pit-stop along the route. With such enthusiastic participation and commitment, the group wants to aim for the national Bike to Work Day on May 19 as the initial ride.
As a natural progression, the community liaison thanked everyone for their feedback and participation, explaining that this is how placemaking works. Another example of placemaking was the proposal and vote on switching up the NR Future Five grant initiatives to focus upon Intergenerational Engagement instead of solely Millennial and to include a social impact focus. The group voted unanimously yes to both.
We concluded the evening with presentations by the two NR Future Five grant applicants: Jennifer Lanser from the Chamber of Commerce and Vivian Spady from Big Viv's Foundation. Both grant ideas received majority support and were awarded the $500 NR Future Five grant.