Monday, March 18, 2013

Walking The Dogs, Linking To Neighbors

By Lee Harper
PNA Executive Director

One of the best things about having dogs is the link they provide to my neighborhood. Walking the dogs gives me an opportunity to chat with my neighbors, stop at Greenwood Hardware for dog treats, take a shortcut through Billy Goat’s Bluff P-Patch, or check out books at one of the many free libraries close by. Working in PhinneyWood - yes, the name is actually beginning to stick - gives me additional insight into the vibrancy and connectivity of our neighborhood.

The PNA has a long history of innovation and creativity, and new projects, programs, events and activities often come into being because of an idea from a community member.  We provide a platform for people and ideas. Working together with members, businesses, volunteers and neighbors, we co-create the future. This manifests itself in many ways, including: supporting local businesses through the PNA Business Membership; creating new events like the PNA Garden Party and Costume Exchange; focusing on sustainability through the Fixer’s Collective; evolving educational opportunities based on what neighbors are interested in; partnering with Solarize Seattle to bring affordable solar to the neighborhood; and providing electric car chargers in the Phinney Center parking lot.

In the mayor’s recent State of the City address, he pointed out the importance of social infrastructure, saying that arts, education and human services are just as important than a good physical infrastructure to knitting a neighborhood together. This is very much in line with what we at the PNA strive for.

Our goal is to always be open and responsive to YOUR ideas. Contact us with ideas, suggestions and feedback. Call 206.783.2244 or email We’re here for you!

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