How do we change with the times? How do accept and even embrace progress while still working to preserve what makes our neighborhoods special?
In the late 70’s, Denny and a few others from the neighborhood formed the North Slope Historic District “I called all the neighbors together to discuss how we were gonna fight crime. And we started patrols and everything as a result of it. When we finished pretty much with the crime issue, we realized how important it was that we were all together working for the good of the neighborhood. So that's when we formed the North Slope Historic District Association.”
Denny moved to the North Slope when he was 21, and he has lived there ever since. “I bought this house in 1984. I am in my 35th year living here.” Reminisces Denny. To Denny, the North Slope is like a village. He loves the vast variety of home styles the North Slope boasts, from historic victorian castles, to sweet, quaint cottages.
“A lot has changed in the Stadium District in the last 20 years,” says Denny.
From joining forces with your neighbors to engaging in city government, Denny’s story is a masterclass in neighborhood organizing, civic engagement, and changing with the times. He’s all about engaging with city and county government. “Don’t be afraid to show up for your own benefit,” he says. “The next thing you know you’re comfortable talking with them and telling them what your needs are. The next thing you know you’re probably going out and getting a few of your neighbors to come with ya! By golly, 20 years from now you’re on the city council.”
Don’t miss a special appearance from Stadium District favorite Franco the Tailor!
What happens when you meet your neighbors? How can we increase the feeling of connection between members of our community and their neighbors? Over the past few months we here at Windermere Professional Partners have set out to answer those questions. Based on recommendations from our REALTORS® we set out with a camera crew to speak to our neighbors from the heart about what it means to be a neighbor, to live life fully, and to connect with our community.