Monday, November 10, 2008

Bloggers Take the World on Virtual Tours of Real-life Neighborhoods

Using cutting-edge technology to revitalize Rust Belt cities
Cynthia Closkey
The problems of post-industrial cities seem so complex, intertwined, and
entrenched, it’s hard to imagine how to start restoring these places to their
former glory.

But a group of bloggers says that getting started can be as simple as taking a walk.

The Neighborhood Walk is a chance for individuals throughout the Rust Belt of the U.S. and Canada to recognize the place they live, work, or call home — and to introduce it to the world. The project is the inspiration of a social network called Rust Belt Bloggers.

On November 11, 2008 (11/11/2008), bloggers, podcasters, bloggers, photobloggers and others throughout the Rust Belt region will each take a walk around their neighborhood, make media about it — a blog post, photo gallery, video, or whatever you prefer — and post it on the web.
More info here:
Visit Rust Belt Bloggers

I took a stroll through my neighborhood the other day. The neighborhood is located around Wick Park on Youngstown's north side. One of the reasons I love my neighborhood is because it is so richly diverse in its architecture and landscape. It is also rich in religious tradition. The Unitarians, the Methodists, the Jewish Temple,and a Pentacostal church all co-exist along Elm Street. The population is diverse as well, although it was a bit brisk outside while I was walking, so there weren't many people out and about. Nevertheless, it was a great day in the neighborhood. Enjoy!


jonny goldstein said...

Nice!I've been wondering what Youngstown looks like ever since meeting Jim Russell who talked the place up.

Justin Kownacki said...

Interesting to see how much Youngstown looks like Pittsburgh... Clearly the Rust Belt was designed by the same urban planners (and landscapers). :)

susie said...

Love our Wick Park Neighborhood. When we ALL work together, it will be vibrant once again! Great pictures... Peace.

Tyler said...

Thanks for posting these. Wick Park is such a great neighborhood.

The Stage said...

thanks for the Opera plug! Hope you had a good time, and I'm sorry if I was snippy ;)