REDWING wrote:We are soon to move in on Redwing St. We now live in regency and look forward to moving in. We have been to Three Layers and enjoy the place so. If anyone has any sugestions they would be welcomed. Should we join SPAR? Is there any really bad stories we should know about? Where should we start at getting aquainted with Springfieldians? Is there any upcoming events? Have I asked too many questions? Lol!! Thanks, Sean
Hello, welcome to the neighborhood.
If you enjoy Three Layers, you'd probably also like Sweet Pete's, Uptown, Market and City Kidz. Check out the business directory for all the local tatses.
Thankfully, you don't hear too many bad stories anymore. But there's a bunch in the Longtime Resident Interview series found on this website. Some pretty incredible stories. There's still people with sketchy motives here and there, but such is life.
I encourage everyone to join Spar. I was recently elected as a VP, and we have an excellent Board of Directors made up of neighbors and community partners. They/we are sort of the overarching community organization in the neighborhood that works towards improving quality-of-life in the historic district, through public safety, park improvements, protection of of unique historic character, commercial revitalization, and civic advocacy. Board meetings are open to the public, on the 4th Monday of each month (a good way to meet people!). The website is ok, but the Facebook page is much better: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Springfie ... 7036889004
. For a such tiny 1x1 sq mile neighborhood, we have plenty of other good organizations to get involved with too.
There's no better regular event to meet neighbors than First Friday socials/parties, and luckily for you there's one this weekend. Check out the event calender for upcoming events and activities. Groups/orgs are encouraged to list them on the calender so that people such as yourself, and other lookers, know what's upcoming. For whatever reason many don't, but it's still the most complete community calender available.
Other advice - while the Historic District is relatively "safe", it's best to have either an alarm system or dog, or both. Property crimes are still an issue. Our neighboring communities have a different quality of life and different kinds of residents, so know that enjoying a walk on E.7th Street is not the same as walking on E. 17th Street. Totally different. It's an accepting and diverse neighborhood, probably the most socioeconomically diverse in the city. Residents like to shop local, keeping money in the area. Bicycles are everywhere. As are dogs. And residents are generally social and willing to lend a helping hand, and actively take part in the neighborhood's continued transition.
And pick up a couple of these:
And . . . . . . just sent you a PM about one last thing.