Name: Sue Mackey
Neighborhood Group: 200 Block of N. Mulberry Street
Your work as one of the leaders in your Neighborhood Group is important because:
By getting involved in my neighborhood has allowed us to create a sense of community and genuinely caring for those in our neighborhood. Neighbors helping and caring for each other and taking pride in where we live.
Challenges that you are facing in your neighborhood right now:
We have wonderful home owners, and renters who live on the 200 block of N. Mulberry Street. We have some wonderful landlords who are attentive to their properties and renters, but, our biggest obstacle is that we do have landlords who are disconnected to the neighborhood and we are trying our best to include them in our Mulberry Street activities. Our street has greatly improved since the change to a two-way street and our adoption of our block. A warmth, and sense of caring is evident, and people seem happier.
What are some of the rewards from being a neighborhood connector in your Group:
Being a former elementary school teacher it makes me smile when I realize that I have gotten to know the kids on our block and they will come up and knock on the door to say hi or ask if they should water plants. (usually popsicles are a good reward for watering). The bottom line is neighbors are getting to know each other and enjoying each other. When planning our block party sponsored by the City we had 11 people on the street volunteer to be part of the up-start committee. That is so amazing!
Can you give a specific example of how your neighborhood has worked together?
We have worked together to clean up our street, plant flowers (sometimes tough when we hit rock or roots ¼ inches down), helping neighbors to shovel in the winter, and just checking to see if people are okay. We usually have a little get together after clean-up, and often Halloween or other pop-up get togethers. Last Christmas we did a Christmas luminary on our street on Christmas Eve and everyone pitched in to light and put out luminaria. I think people are starting to realize, you can just count on your neighbors if you need them.
What is your secret to meeting new neighbors and welcoming them into the community?
People just go up to new neighbors and introduce themselves, get their e-mails and phone numbers, include them in our block directory, tell them about our private Facebook page for our 200 block and make sure we invite them to whatever the block is planning. Sometimes, that is hard to contact apartment renters because often the main doors are locked but we continue to work on that and neighbors are very receptive.
Favorite way to spend a day with family, or friends in Lancaster City:
What can I say? We love Lancaster City and there is so much to do, see, and, fortunately or unfortunately, eat. Cultural activities, restaurants, musical events, quiet parks, great biking and walking, shopping, or just enjoying our backyard is all that Lancaster City offers. How lucky are we to live here. All cities have issues and some handle them better than others. I think we have a city that strives to improve. We love City living! Lancaster City Rocks!