The Neighborhood Support Network (NSN) has been in existence for over 5 years in Tucson, and just recently set up a new website (click here). More information below and on the website, which includes about 160 neighborhood associations and 330 neighborhood leaders. If you want to sign up to become a “member” (for free) contact coordinator Donald Ijams of Peter Howell Neighborhood Association at 520-795-0770 or dsijams at gmail.com.
The Neighborhood Support Network builds relationships of trust and support among diverse citizens engaged in neighborhood enrichment in the greater Tucson region.
The Network offers a unique capacity to build connections among stakeholders and elected neighborhood leaders, past and present, as they work to improve Tucson’s quality of life.
The Network’s primary focus is on
· Making connections through which knowledge can be shared
· Identifying and promoting the use of best practices in neighborhood problem solving
· Mentoring new leaders
· Coordinating issue forums
· Maintaining an internet-based information storehouse
· Assisting members in forming coalitions and partnerships for joint action.
The Neighborhood Support Network seeks to
· Reach across political boundaries
· Be inclusive and open
· Promote carefully selected policy options judged to be in the best interests of the community.
The Network sponsors periodic meetings of all members, as well as topic-oriented meetings as needed.
As a representative of my neighborhood association, I have been to a number of NSN meetings and workshops over the years, and have developed some friendly relationships, and have profited from the network of information sharing.
So if you join the NSN and have a neighborhood issue you are passionate about, then you can start up a discussion on the website, and find out what others are thinking or doing about the same issue. I wish someone would just figure out a way to fix the ubiquitous potholes in our city streets (in addition to waiting for City of Tucson Street Maintenance).