The city in July announced a new quality of life initiative, urging residents to take action against litter, graffiti, noise and blight.
The initiative centers on community discussions and adherence to “neighborhood standards,” which include ensuring that residents pick up after their pets; mow their lawns and clear snow from sidewalks; and do not park vehicles on lawns; litter or write graffiti; dump trash outside of trash cans; drag race on city streets; or blast music. Residents should also make sure their children attend school.
The city held its first community conversation on Aug. 24, and two more are planned. They are as follows:
* On Sept. 7 (Saturday), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pope Park Recreation Center, 30 Pope Park Drive. Lunch will be provided. This meeting concerns the neighborhoods of Frog Hollow, South Green, Sheldon Charter Oak, South End, Barry Square, Parkville, Behind the Rocks, Southwest and South Meadows.
* On Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 46 Woodland St. This meeting concerns the West End, Asylum Hill, Downtown and South Downtown neighborhoods.
A community get-together for all participants in the conversations will be held Oct. 23, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the city’s public library, 500 Main St.