CITIES ACROSS THE U.S. TO ENGAGE RESIDENTS IN NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION WITH “Love Your Block”
Love Your Block
In the first year of Flint’s Love Your Block initiative, volunteers got rid of 1.8 million pounds of waste, removed 4,500 square feet of graffiti, cleaned up 122 abandoned properties, and created 57 green spaces. In its second year, the city plans to revitalize 40 more blocks by getting rid of 2 million more tons of waste, removing 5,000 more square feet of graffiti, creating 20 more green spaces, and cleaning up 200 more parcels of abandoned land.
As a former AmeriCorps member, Mayor Walling enjoys serving alongside community volunteers in clearing abandoned properties and creating new green spaces. He encourages community members to learn how to be prepared for emergencies and leads by example by participating in training himself.