A couple years back, Julia King, the neighborhood outreach coordinator with LaCasa Inc., approached The Goshen News about a series of articles detailing Goshen’s neighborhood associations. There are 13 associations and they are becoming more active in organizing neighborhood events and promoting positive neighborhood outreach and communication.
Well, better late than never. Today, we are launching a series of articles that we hope will educate the public as to how important these organizations can be and encourage families to become involved in strengthening their neighborhoods through participation and relationship building.
The series will focus on one neighborhood per month. The article will run on page C1 of a Sunday edition of The Goshen News. Today’s featured neighborhood is Chamberlain on the city’s near north side. We’ve known for years that the Goshen Boys and Girls Club is a pillar of that neighborhood, along with Chamberlain Elementary School. But if you read today’s article on C1, you’ll learn that residents are meeting to improve traffic safety, that it is expanding its boundaries and that parents and children are working together on growing a community garden.
The true essence of our neighborhoods is not about economics. It’s not about ethnicity. Neighborhoods are about interaction and understanding, two key ingredients in making wherever your address happens to be a better place to be.