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Birmingham City Councilors to Join City Leaders and Launch “On the Porch’” Neighborhood Initiative

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 3.45.44 PMGone are the days when all it took to have a safe community was local cops on the beat. Now, neighborhoods must deal with countless issues that can become overwhelming when reaching solutions. In light of these issues, City leaders continue to build upon existing strengths and improve the reality of all the people who define the place many call home. With her vibrant energy in tow, Councilor Sheila Tyson is joining her Council colleagues and other city leaders to increase their involvement within communities by launching “On the Porch.”

“On the Porch” is a new neighborhood initiative where Councilors will join the Mayor, police, public works and other leading departments to knock on doors in an attempt to learn more about the challenges that neighborhoods face. This one on one interaction will provide city leaders with an opportunity to discuss ideas for joint solutions to citizens concerns. Councilor Tyson said she is always willing to help move the city forward, and this front porch approach is the perfect place to strike up that dialogue.

“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. “By extending our efforts towards solutions and engaging citizen participation we tap into the true power of shaping our neighborhoods.

The “On Porch” initiative is slated to start next month. For more information subscribe to visit our website and subscribe to news updates.

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