Why do you live in Dayton’s Bluff? Did you come here because you wanted to live in an historical home, or to live near downtown, or perhaps your family has been in the neighborhood for decades? Maybe you moved here because you have family or others with whom you feel comfortable living nearby and the community feels like home. Or was it an opportunistic accident when you found a place you could afford? Maybe you work nearby or own a business or go to school at Metro State.
With so many motivations bringing together the many people who call Dayton’s Bluff “my neighborhood,” can we find the bonds that unite us? Many believe the future economic and social vitality of any community depends on the ability of its people to work together in cooperative spirit and with common purpose.
As Executive Director of the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council, I’ve spent a number of months listening and observing the many positive features of this community. First and foremost is the friendliness and upbeat attitude of the residents and business owners. There is an extraordinary willingness to participate in and support community improvement efforts. We have access to remarkable public green spaces in Swede Hollow Park, Bruce Vento Trail and Indian Mounds Park. The Community Design Center brings fresh food grown by young leaders from the community, Metropolitan State University brings resources through community partnerships, and the Community Council actively promotes community betterment through volunteer leadership. A large group of residents are working to bring a food co-op to Dayton’s Bluff and others worked with the city to create a detailed plan for community revitalization as well as the many more things we each could name when asked about Dayton’s Bluff.
I am making a call to cooperative action. Let’s harness the energy of this extraordinary community and attract the resources we need to move forward
on our vision for Dayton’s Bluff.
When we join all the ideas, energy and opportunities into one common purpose, the results will be far greater than the sum of the individual efforts. Let’s pull together and focus the energy. For example, what if this community newspaper became the communication center for all the coordinated work happening in Dayton’s Bluff? Or what if the tremendous academic resources of MSU were harnessed to help apply for funding of an array of united projects? Businesses and organizations that want to maintain or create a presence here will help drive new building and renovation efforts. We can focus strategically on bringing as many resources to our community as possible, building momentum and a true sense of possibility realized.
I want to hear from any of you who are working toward a goal that will benefit the whole community. Call me at 651-331-0914 or email email@example.com if you want to be part of the movement to Make it Happen.