National Night Out builds stronger neighborhoods

To me, the best thing about National Night Out is just seeing neighbors having open discussions about the things that affect their neighborhoods — and what they can do to make those neighborhoods better. As a witness to many National Night Out celebrations through the years, I can attest to the collaborative spirit these events can produce.

The cities of College Station and Bryan will observe the 29th National Night Out on Tuesday with numerous block parties and celebrations designed to bring residents and local law enforcement together. College Station police officers answer questions and provide insight and information about crime prevention and ways to build safer neighborhoods. Residents will also likely cross paths with city officials such as the mayor, city council members and city managers.

In College Station, at least 40 neighborhoods participate each year, many for the first time, forging strong relationships and discovering the power of unified neighborhoods. With National Night Out as a starting point, neighbors begin talking more frequently about concerns and issues, and work together to resolve those problems. These neighborhood groups often evolve into a strong neighborhood organization that develops a true sense of community.

I sincerely hope the synergy created by National Night Out continues to inspire our neighborhoods to get and remain organized, and to stay active long after the celebration is over. I hope to see you Tuesday night!

Barbara Moore
 
 
Barbara Moore | Neighborhood Services Coordinator
Planning & Development Services
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