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A SENSE OF COMMUNITY PRIDE

From: domainremoved <Jim>
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2018 12:58:48 -0400

Dear Mayor Ohtaki and Council Members:


Earlier this summer, my wife and I traveled to the country of Ireland, a country which includes your Sister City, known as GALWAY, a relationship that began nearly 150 years ago.
 
One thing we were most impressed with was an active program throughout the country known as TIDY TOWNS. The way the program worked was the national government created a program to allow individual cities to compete with each other in being clean, presentable and inviting.
 
Many cities embraced the incentive and did wonders cleaning up their wonderful city.  It was noticeable. Citizens took a sense of PRIDE, removing weeds, removing graffiti, cleaning the downtown area and in a variety of other ways. What they did was noticeable.
 
Back in California, we noticed that some areas seem to be loosing the battle of a spit and polish, clean and tidy, outstanding appearance community. What may be signs of BLIGHT elsewhere, appears to be NORMAL here. Small steps can make a BIG difference.
 
If this program is of interest, perhaps NEIGHBORHOODS within Menlo Park could participate in a similar program. Food for thought as you return from summer recess and begin the important work of overseeing city priorities.  Much is being done in Menlo Park, but yet, there is so much more to do.
 
Respectfully, Jim Lewis
Received on Thu Aug 02 2018 - 09:58:34 PDT

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