June 30, 2009
Flags unite 1700 block of Villa Street
Neighbors in the 1700 block of Villa Street got into the holiday spirit last weekend by hanging flags outside of their homes. A walk down the street on the city's near south side gives way to a lovely row of American flags prominently displayed on homes. They're just in time for this weekend's Fourth of July festivities.
The neighborhood activity was sponsored by State Farm and Neighborhood Housing Services. NHS has helped organize neighbors on the block into a block watch group, which hosts activities to foster relationships among the residents.
The Block Captain James Oates and neighbor Sylvia Rodriguez distributed flyers along the block inviting neighbors to participate with State Farm and NHS. State Farm agent, Michelle Christiansen, invited agents to help hang flags. Oates invited participants and neighbors to a cookout at his home afterward.
The event fits NHS's goal of renewing pride, restoring confidence and promoting reinvestment in the neighborhood.