Bringing Back the Bright Spot Share

Dec 7, 2023  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

The City of Mar­i­on and its neigh­bor­hood asso­ci­a­tions this year brought back an old pro­gram show­ing appre­ci­a­tion for neigh­bors who set good exam­ples in appeal and/​or are the prod­uct of a notable cleanup effort. In 2023, there were six loca­tions award­ed as Bright Spots”: 

  • Don’s Tap (Fac­to­ry Ave.) – Award­ed by West Mar­i­on Home­own­ers Watch. Neigh­bors are grate­ful for the con­sis­tent indoor & out­door improve­ments to the neigh­bor­hood tavern.
  • 26th & Merid­i­an – Award­ed by Har­ry Cramer Neigh­bor­hood. A lit­tle free library and bench bright­en a lit­tle cor­ner of the neighborhood. 
  • 22nd & Brown­lee – Award­ed by Har­ry Cramer Neigh­bor­hood. The lot is being mowed reg­u­lar­ly by loy­al neigh­bors. As a result, ille­gal dump­ing there has subsided.
  • 4th & E St. – Award­ed by Garfield Neigh­bor­hood. Neigh­bors demol­ished a blight­ed struc­ture, and cre­at­ed a green­space with a per­go­la onsite.
  • 2nd & Brad­ner Ave. – Award­ed by Sun­ny­crest West­lea Neigh­bor­hood. The City and neigh­bors worked togeth­er to remove blight­ed items from the lot.
  • Macalan Dr. – Award­ed by Quar­ry Tri­an­gle Neigh­bor­hood. Own­ers main­tain con­sis­tent care and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of their property.

Neigh­bor­hood Coor­di­na­tor Kay­la John­son expressed, We believe that by focus­ing on the good works in our neigh­bor­hoods, we will see more good works take root. The Bright Spot pro­gram is a way of say­ing thank you’ to neigh­bors who make the extra effort. We hope by high­light­ing these neigh­bors, their efforts would be con­ta­gious!” She explained, It’s like the rip­ple effect that occurs when you hear your neigh­bor’s lawn mow­er kick on. You feel the need to get out and mow your lawn as well to keep the block look­ing nice. The Bright Spot award mere­ly takes that pos­i­tive peer pres­sure’ to anoth­er lev­el in hopes we will grow togeth­er in our efforts to build and main­tain safe, wel­com­ing neighborhoods.”

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