Strangers in the streets passing by every day. We share the same pavement but we have nothing in common. We walk in the silence as if we don’t see each other. Many places in the city are treated in a similar way. Just another stranger. Even bigger town squares often loose a quality to accommodate something more than transitional corridors. How the place become dear? What makes it special in the crowd?
“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” ( Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities)
Place becomes dear once you show appreciation towards it, once you give something, once you share your time and once you build up some sort of friendship with it. This connection is usually very fragile and needs a constant nurturing.
This Saturday (27th of May) was an inspiring day. 636 Maryhill Road site was buzzing! Kids and adults were working together making gap site a place to be. Communal working is a soul lifting activity, as we saw more and more people joining our forces and the effort soon became visible. People volunteer and brought their own tools. I was impressed by kids enthusiasm and playful fostering of site- the real super citizens of now and tomorrow.
Even the pouring rain has not disturbed the work. Cars passing by were beeping for us, showing support and acknowledgment. There were great vibes in the air of sharing value and time in common, with once strangers but not anymore.
Thanks for everyone joining our troop this Saturday! The results are impressive! Thanks for everyone leaving their wish in the garland, it will come true.
See you next time the same place and I hope even more people can join us in the line marking activity! We will be creating to 2d layout of DOT TO DOT station proposal. More details coming soon…
We also want to thank Keep Scotland Beautiful for supporting event + Greggs for providing delicious treats.