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  • Walnut Neighborhood Listening Meetings
  • Walnut Neighborhood Listening Meetings Part 2
  • Walnut Neighborhood Listening Meetings
  • Walnut Neighborhood Listening Meetings Part 2
  • Walnut Neighborhood Listening Meetings

    August 2016 What dreams do we have for our neighborhood?

    On August 14 and 20, neighbors and friends of the Walnut Neighborhood of Waterloo, gathered to listen to one another and envision the future of our neighborhood.  Table groups answered three questions through a technique called "World Cafe", an energetic process for gathering input.  The first question:  What does your dream look like for the neighborhood?  Here are the top most common answers given:

    #1 Friendly, kind neighbors who know one another and care about each other.

    #2 Nice, decent, affordable houses occupied mainly by owners.

    #3 A safe and secure neighborhood.

    #4 Beauty!  Flowers, trees, gardens, manicured lawns, nice looking houses, community gardens

    #5 Activities with and for neighborhood, including a playground for children.

    #6 Stores that are close and convenient for shopping.

    #7 Economic development: jobs, new businesses.

  • Walnut Neighborhood Listening Meetings Part 2

    August 2016 What assets/strengths do we have already in our neighborhood?

    On August 14 and 20, neighbors and friends of the Walnut Neighborhood of Waterloo, gathered to listen to one another and envision the future of our neighborhood.  Table groups answered three questions through a technique called "World Cafe", an energetic process for gathering input.  The second question:  What strengths do we have in our neighborhood? Here are the top most common answers given:

    #1 The people: friendliness, sense of community, caring (45)

    #2 Churches (31)

    #3 Location: close to downtown, river, and activities. (28)

    #4 Beauty/landscape: trees, parks, community gardens, flowers (26)

    #5 History: historical nature of neighborhood, longevity, architecture (24)

    #6 Businesses: existing and potential for more (17)

    #7 Potential:  we desire to improve, we have an active association, there is a space for building new, etc..(17) 

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Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness and Justice
Beyond Charity: The Call to Christian Community Development
Compassion, Justice, and the Christian Life: Rethinking Ministry to the Poor
Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just
Linking Arms, Linking Lives: How Urban-Suburban Partnerships Can Transform Communities
Making Neighborhoods Whole: A Handbook for Christian Community Development
Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians
Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing
Toxic Charity: How the Church Hurts Those They Help and How to Reverse It
When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself
Who Is My Neighbor?: Lessons Learned From a Man Left for Dead
With Justice for All: A Strategy for Community Development