Press on Happy Valley Community Crossroads

The Table is taking the lead on a neighborhood project. The project is neighborhood driven and is entitled “Happy Valley Community Crossroads.” This project is bringing neighbors together around the street intersection art. The Northwest Citizen put out an article on the project this weekend (below). Our desire is to have this project be our September Blessing. If you want to get involved, let us know.

Intersection Art Comes to Happy Valley

Sun, Jun 09, 2013, 10:37 pm  //  John Servais

The leaders of the project, from left, Aaron Walters, Jody Guenser and Pam Sinnett. Standing, of course, at Harris and 22nd. Missing is Dan Tucker.

The Happy Valley Neighborhood has taken on a project to paint an entire intersection with a colorful design.  It is to help create a fine community place.  As a resident of Happy Valley, I have watched this idea get circulated and grow these past few weeks and the idea seems just superb.  The “Happy Valley Community Crossroads” is the name for the project.

Aaron Walters, one of the leaders of the effort said, “The primary goal is to bring people together.”  Jody Guenser added, “The neighborhood is what we want to bring together.”

Now a location has been selected – by the residents of the neighborhood.  It is Harris Avenue at 22nd Street – in the very heart of the valley and almost central to the entire neighborhood.  Over the month of June, people – young and old – can submit colored design suggestions.  In July there will be a neighborhood gathering to decide on the best design. Then the proposal will be submitted to city hall for approval.

Attached is a pdf file of the coloring design sheet – which anyone can download and use to design a suggested scheme for the street corner.  The designs can be submitted at the Firehouse Cafe at Harris Ave and 14th Street.

It started with Dan Tucker – as he discovered these street corner developments in Portland, Oregon.  You can google “intersection art portland” and see for yourself.  Aaron Walters picked up on the idea and the two of them brought it forward to others in the neighborhood association.  And people liked it.  The residents near the intersection have been supportive.

Let us hope the city encourages and approves this proposal.  Perhaps other neighborhoods will like the result and choose corners in their neighborhoods for the same sort of project.

As Pam Sinnett said about the project, “We hope it makes people smile and maybe slow down a bit.”

A Portland, Oregon, street corner with intersection art.
The neighborhood flyer.

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