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Neighborhood efforts bloom on upper Park Avenue

When neighbors rally behind a cause, it often takes the form of a protest — against speeding drivers, commercial development or increasing crime rates. United, their voices carry more weight at city hall or at the state capitol

But neighborhood action groups aren’t always angry. Sometimes homeowners just want to take on a project to beautify their collective surroundings, and so, over the years, citizens of Park City have been the lucky recipients of several community gardens and walkways.

This spring residents of upper Park Avenue and those who happened to wander into the neighborhood are enjoying the results of just such a volunteer effort.

Trees lining the roadway have burst into bloom thanks to property owners who coordinated their landscaping efforts.

Usually the bulk of our attention is paid to the vocal protesters who pack public input sessions and pepper their elected representatives with complaints. At the same time, there is a tendency to overlook the quiet contributors who find private ways to make their streets safer or cleaner or more scenic.

This summer, as residents open windows and move their family activities outdoors, we hope that at least some of the conversation will move away from the far too prevalent not-in-my-backyard theme and instead veer toward homegrown community efforts like block parties, victory gardens, kid-friendly driving habits and informal litter patrols.

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In addition to their dedication to historic preservation, the property owners of upper Park Avenue surrounding and including the Washington School Inn should be commended for taking it upon themselves to enhance the beauty of Park City.

Their lovely shaded street is a wonderful example of the positive power of a neighborhood.