We hope so.

Can a flower pot matter? We hope so.  The streets of Glenwood are lined with many beautiful, historical houses. Some have been lovingly restored. Others have been given a modern renovation. And still others sit vacant. Waiting. For an owner, for a landlord, for a family, for a return to glory. Sometimes the wait ends because the house deteriorates beyond repair, or beyond the willingness of anyone to invest in it. Many neighbors live near vacant, condemned, abandoned houses and lots. Boarded up, pieces slowly falling off, sometimes they become trash dumps, crash houses, or shelter for vice. When the GIA gang began to discuss what matters to us about living in Glenwood, the vacants kept coming up. Among the concerns, there were hopeful signs that even small actions matter. A neighbor mowed the yard of a vacant lot and an elderly person came over to tell stories about playing in it as a child. A neighbor swept a vacant porch and a previous resident happened to drive by to see him. She stopped the car and thanked him, pointing out the shrubs that she’d once planted out front. So we wondered: what small thing could send a signal to others that someone cares about Glenwood’s vacant houses? We settled on a plant. Something living, growing, thriving on the porch of a vacant house. A cheerful red planter. And the reminder that Glenwood is Awesome.

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