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Birmingham City Councilors to Join City Leaders for Launch of the ‘On the Porch’ Neighborhood Initiative

It is a known fact that a positive city image draws visitors, residents, businesses, and employees to communities, which ultimately strengthens city services. In knowing this the Birmingham City Council is focused on bringing new life into all 99 of Birmingham’s neighborhoods. Next week Councilors will visit communities to launch the “On the Porch” initiative. OTP is a community engagement opportunity for Birmingham City Councilors to conduct neighborhood-walking tours to engage in dialogue with citizens on common neighborhood challenges such as public safety, enhancing education and building high quality neighborhoods. Councilors will hit the ground with the elected officials and community leaders to meet one-on-one with residents in various Birmingham communities on their very own porches. The collaborative response, along with shared ideas for improvement from this new neighborhood initiative, will assist in ensuring those issues are followed up with resolutions that positively impact the community. Residents’ feedback will also be integrated into the overall decision-making process, for future community plans within Birmingham. OTP will start in District 6 and Councilor Sheila Tyson says she believes front porches are a perfect place to strike up dialogue as well as inform residents about various projects currently in place within each neighborhoods.

“It speaks volumes when leaders can forget the suits and formalities and get right to the heart of our citizens’ immediate and ongoing concerns in their own backyard,” Councilor Tyson said. “We want to visit with as many residents as we can so that we can share stories about what’s going on in Birmingham. I believe by extending our efforts towards solutions and engaging citizen participation we tap into the true power of shaping our neighborhoods.”

On the Porch will officially kick off on Monday September 26, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in District 6 and will span over the next six months in the remaining eight Birmingham districts.

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry (chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov) in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.