Recovery must be vigilantly maintained.
Apathy is always waiting in the shadows to take hold again. It is critical that a community is vigilant in terms of maintaining its new standards and ensures decline is not allowed to talk hold again. This phase is recognition that a community has successfully achieved recovery and is working to protect that progress.


Civic Wellness Assessment

It’s easy to lose sight of what you set out to do and sometimes a fresh set of eyes can help you see what is right in front of you. All too often communities become numb to conditions, organizations and efforts starting to slip. The Wellness Assessment is an honest look at the core of a community. Through this process, participants will have the opportunity to take a cold hard look at how their town looks, feels and functions from an outsider’s perspective and provide direction as to how those issues can be addressed.


June 11, 2021

My Best Place

The best place I know, is fortunately, right in front of my house. I am writing this blog from that place, or should I say, from this place, considering it

July 29, 2021

Florida Man Teaches Me A Lesson

Jarring. Unsettling. Depressing. As we pulled out of the Tampa airport rental garage and onto the baking, chaotic, 8 lane Sprawlandia thoroughfare, those were the feelings churning in my stomach.

October 17, 2019

Accepting of Anything… Proud of Nothing.

At some point, we have to draw a line. We have to make a choice. We have to decide that something is unacceptable, lest everything become acceptable and we acclimate

June 18, 2019

Setting the Standards

As is becoming a welcome routine, I joined my neighbor for beers on his front porch last Friday, for what he calls “porch pirating.” We cover a range of topics

June 4, 2019

Own Your Issues

Sometimes I really struggle to figure out how people come to their conclusions. Some of the widely accepted solutions to combat community decline are fascinating. Often they have little to

May 14, 2019

It’s Not the Red Tape, Stupid

Another town and another enlightening conversation with an elected official. Over a cup of coffee, this particular mayor was filling me in on his city's strategy to rebuild their economy.

April 9, 2019

Pick Up Your Place

We don't often give credit to how much appearances affect us and shape our opinions. We judge nearly everything based on looks. We see the way people dress and groom

March 11, 2019

This Pub Matters

Prior to moving to my neighborhood in 2016, I started doing some research on local bars. I wanted to figure out which bar would be my local when I got

March 4, 2021

Pulled Apart

“This Rural Liberal Sets Out to Talk to His Pro-Trump Neighbors” was the title of the article my mother passed along. In the piece, the author attempted to connect with

March 16, 2021

There is a Hole in My Neighborhood

There is a hole in my neighborhood.  Where once there was something, now there is something missing.  The place we used to go is still there, but we no longer

March 31, 2021

There Goes the Neighborhood

2.7 miles. That is the approximate distance of the walk I take every day, with Leon, my fluffy companion. I have a particular route I prefer, because... It is flat

April 8, 2021

Let’s Get Civic

Erica picks up litter as she walks her dog around the neighborhood. She lives in a duplex a couple of blocks off of Main Street and she always keeps her

April 15, 2021

It’s Okay to Hate Cars

“Why can’t we have this at home?” Amber asked me as we criss-crossed Royal Street in the French Quarter. Royal isn’t closed to cars, but traffic is slow enough and

April 30, 2021

Hometown Here or Main Street Martyr

When you hang your apathy fighting cape in the closet at the end of the night, do you feel like you are in this battle all alone? Do you fee

May 5, 2020

A Crisis of Class (The Curse of Softpants)

I love looking at historic photos and seeing how our places have changed over time. Something that always stands out, is how nice everyone dressed in the past. No matter

May 20, 2021

The Urge to Serve

This week, my feeds were filled with both good news and bad, stemming from Tuesday’s elections. I was ecstatic to see some colleagues, friends and supporters, win hard fought victories.