This has been a busy four years for the Block Association.We have replaced and upgraded most of the wickets on West 9 Street, a tremendous achievement for a volunteer community organization. We have hired a gardener and developed an integrated planting plan that gets more beautiful each year. We have improved fundraising efforts in a tough economy and substantially stabilized our financial base.We have increased membership, launched a website, encouraged greater participation in our events, reinstituted Spring Planting Day, and preserved the charm of our historic block.
There is only one reason why. All this was possible thanks to enthusiastic residents who love West 9th street and got involved! They stepped up and volunteered because they understood that without their energy, their time, their donations and their commitment, our block would be quickly neglected, unprotected and diminished.
West 9th Street is a very special place. If you ever question that, look at the faces of tourists, residents from neighboring blocks, friends from other parts of the country and around the globe when they walk down our block.They feel a little envious.They want to live here, too. Because West 9th Street is the center jewel of one of the most unique neighborhoods in the world.We must work together to keep it that way. Please volunteer, contribute, get involved. It’s too wonderful a block, in too wonderful a city, to do anything less.