San Angelo (City Spirit)

The city’s neighborhood paint and clean-up blitz began with a simple challenge: to paint as many houses and pick up as much trash as it could in one day. The impact of that challenge has resulted in the complete transformation of neighborhoods from blight and stagnancy to progress and vibrancy. The two-day annual neighborhood blitz brings together city staff and volunteers from Angelo State University, Goodfellow Air Force Base, nonprofit agencies, and the West Texas Organizing Strategy organization, a local citizens advocacy group. Recent projects have not only included cleaning up residential neighborhoods but also the renovation of little league fields, improvements to historic Fort Concho, the repainting of two recreation centers, and the freshening of a riverside walk and run trail. The annual clean-up has eliminated potential code violations, which has saved an estimated $75,000 in staff time, but has also rekindled neighborhood pride and spirit among residents.

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