Midtown Pine Hills Neighborhood Walk Program

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6 questions about our newest community improvement program answered by our board president,
Virginia Hammer.

“Midtown Pine Hills” is still pretty new to people. Could you describe basically where it is?
Area bordered by Washington, Lake, Madison, and Main and connected areas.

Why did this area receive its own designation? This area was chosen by Pine Hills Improvement Group (PHIG), a committee of the Pine Hills NA, as the focus of its improvement efforts.

Neighborhood watch programs have existed for a while. How does this neighborhood “walk” program differ? Most people think of Neighborhood Watch programs as an effort to unite law enforcement agencies, private organizations, and individual citizens in an effort to reduce crime and improve local communities. The goal of the Midtown Neighborhood Walk is to visibly improve parts the area by reporting common quality of life violations via See-Click-Fix app. There is an optional component of trash pick up. Volunteers have the satisfaction of seeing the results of their efforts.

If I want to join, what sort of a commitment does it entail? One evening a month, 1-2 hours, between hours of 5 and 8. Volunteers walk in pairs.

Has the Pine Hills Neighborhood had a neighborhood watch program in the past? How successful/unsuccessful was it?

From Alfredo Balarin, 11th Ward Common Councilperson: “Yes, Pine Hills had a walk and watch program in the late 80’s and early 90’s. It was successful for several years. To my understanding they lost volunteers and walks stopped in the late 90’s or early 2000’s”

How do I sign up?  Email vhammer@gmail.com your name,  email,  phone #, and day(s) of the month when you are available.
You do not need to live in Midtown Pine Hills to be a volunteer.