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i would humbly like to offer my support as well.
i love Neighborland because as Dan said, "Neighborland is good at ideation and polling." i am an urban designer and i love having the ability to have my ear to the street.
when i want to mobilize the interests of my friends and neighbors though, i try to give them actionable opportunity to get involved. i would love your feedback on a platform that i have been working on and interested to know how our young platform can lend you support.
ThrdPlace (www.thrdPlace.com) is your opportunity to display all of your community outreach projects (urban gardens, bike advocacy rides, housing homeless) and invite your community to get involved. they can provide you Funds, Supplies, Volunteers and rich media content. lots more to share, but i hope to simply spark a convo.
find inspirational projects to start or support here: thrdplace.com/projects/discover
@brendan both of the santa monica farmers markets are blooming. in fact one of them i believe is one of the oldest farmers market around (some 25 years). the west la farmers market is a slightly different situation. it has been developing for only 4 or 5 years, but has amazing potential not only as a farmers market but as a true civic center not only for the specific neighborhood of "west la" but as a lightening rod for the efforts of neighborland and other community organizations in all of west los angeles. the local neighborhood council and civic governments have plans to redevelop the space. "captain dan" has been running a civic concert series and food court events are currently in the works. but, these neighborly events need our help to come to fruition. i thought it could be a good opportunity for neighborland to get involved at the ground level as it builds roots in LA.
Thanks! Looking forward to seeing this develop.
@Britta ... they’d probably find it pretty confusing given that we are still getting started in LA. Right now, Neighborland is good at ideation and polling, which is one thing that neighborhood associations are not typically looking for. They're looking for volunteers to help them take action on their current agenda.
We’re working on tools that will help residents turn ideas into action, but right now we’re actively listening.
In my neighborhood (Eagle Rock), we already have an active neighborhood improvement association, a city-sponsored neighborhood council, and a few local news sources that talk about neighborhood improvement (a Patch site and a couple indie blogs). Those types of organizations seem like natural partners, but I don't know whether they would find this a useful tool to help them attract more members and ideas, or whether they'd find it confusingly redundant with their existing processes.
Interesting to hear that the farmers market is struggling, Baylen. I'd heard recently that Santa Monica's farmers markets are extremely successful. Is this not an official city market?
Co-location is a great way to build a new market into the daily life of a community, and events are good things to co-locate...
Dan, keep me in mind when expanding or developing and event strategy in LA. Would love to help rally Silicon Beach and local community. Matt@relentus.com
you might consider the west la civic center as an event site. it's a central hub and a wonderful yet grossly underloved public space - a real center for community revival. a friend of mine "captain dan" has been diligently working with neighborhood council putting together music events there after starting the now somewhat struggling farmers market in the space on sundays. apparently there are plans for major architectural revival over the next 5 or 10 years. however "space" is not "place" without the people who live there. so it might be a great neighborland project. i'm happy to be a bridge of connection.
I hear you Kay. We are really just testing across most cities right now. Some cities like Memphis are taking off organically, others need a little nudge.
We'll be doing some events in LA this fall to get the word out.