At the block party, volunteers collected audio stories of how vacancy has affected residents and encouraged residents to take pictures and write what they want to tell banks, absentee landlords, and speculators about how the vacancy problem is hurting the block.
|Needham and longtime resident Liz Colwell talking about the history of the block.|
If you want to host one on your block, we would love to make that happen. Please, contact us. The block party includes several ways residents can engage and help us create a media campaign we will use collaboratively to put pressure on banks, the city, absentee landlords, and speculators:
- Take a picture in front of the vacant building on your block with what you want to say about it.
- Write a letter about your experience with the vacancy and foreclosure problem
- Record your story of the block.
- Eat ice cream and talk to neighbors
- Join the rapid response team: a group of residents who are willing to call, email, and write to banks when banks refuse to work with neighbors having trouble with mortgage payments.
- Install property information signs in front of vacant buildings--which bank foreclosed, who owns it now, and how to contact that entity.