Friday, July 27, 2012

Sidewalk Radio looks to patch Atlanta sidewalks

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 2:28 PM

WALK THEM IF YOU DARE: Many of Atlantas sidewalks are in need of work. Arts radio show Sidewalk Radio is launching a campaign to fix Atlantas sidewalks.
  • WALK THEM IF YOU DARE: Many of Atlanta's sidewalks are in desperate need of work. Arts radio show Sidewalk Radio is launching a campaign to patch sidewalks in historic neighborhoods.
It's time for some serious sidewalk talk.

Atlanta's sidewalks are not what they should be (read: they're often crumbling, jagged messes). Who better to take on the issue other than the awesome Atlanta-based arts and culture radio show Sidewalk Radio?

Sidewalk Radio is launching a “Patch the Sidewalk” campaign to raise funds and repair sidewalks in and around Atlanta’s historic communities. The whole thing kicks off this Saturday, July 28, starting at 11 a.m. at the Wren's Nest.

“I like the idea of repairing sidewalks for many reasons” says Gene Kansas, creator and host of Sidewalk Radio. “First, in following the Broken Window Theory, when blight and vandalism are cleaned up it lifts the entire community and encourages positive behavior. I also love the literal and metaphoric relationship between repairing a sidewalk and the idea of improving our communities through connectivity.”

The inaugural campaign will “patch the sidewalk” starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, at The Wren’s Nest, the historic West End home of Atlanta author Joel Chandler Harris, the 19th century Atlanta writer who penned the Brer Rabbit and Uncle Remus tales.

The public is invited to join in and celebrate the inaugural sidewalk patch. The family-friendly event will include storytelling from one of the fabled “Wren’s Nest Ramblers” and popsicles from King of Pops. For more information or to donate to the campaign, visit Sidewalk Radio.

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