Reflections on 63 Days…from Mark Lammon, Executive Director
For 63 Days I’ve had the pleasure of being the Executive Director of the Campus District. There is always an apprehension when taking on something new, but everyone I’ve had the chance to work within this dynamic and unique neighborhood has been nothing but welcoming. In the dozens of conversations I’ve had since coming onboard, one theme consistently comes up: Dedication. The stakeholders–no matter if they’re property owners, residents, institutions, or small business owners–remain committed the long-term vitality of the Campus District. It’s one of the main reasons I’m excited to be working with all of you.
The staff at CDI have been busy working behind the scenes and in the community on some projects that will be rolling out this spring and summer. Our completion of the Bridge that Bridges Project on the East 22nd Street Bridge will occur by the end of the July. Be sure to save the dates if you’d like to attend the painting portion of the project. In addition, several more community art projects, including the Euclid Avenue Bridge mural will be unveiled with our partners at Midtown Inc. in a few weeks. And our ArtStop project, transforming a Superior Avenue bus shelter into a piece of public art, will be installed this summer.
I invite you to join your Campus District stakeholders in welcoming our new Clean & SafeAmbassadors in the Superior Arts District on Friday, May 4th from 11:30am to 1pm at East 24th & Superior Avenue. Get to know the people who will be cleaning the sidewalks and keeping an eye on the neighborhood over food, music, and games. Board members and CDI staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have or listen to your suggestions. Services start in the district on May 2nd from 7am to 8pm, seven days a week.
CDI will also be hosting a series of community meetings throughout the rest of the year. If you’re a resident or stakeholder in the Northern Campus District join us at Superior Gatherings, held the last Wednesday of every month. For information on this or any of our community engagement programs, contact Director of Programming and Community Engagement, Rachel Oscar, firstname.lastname@example.org We’ve also started our Quarterly Business Meetings in the district once again. Our first meeting, held on April 12th, brought together over 40 individuals with businesses in the neighborhood to discuss issues concerning safety. Contact our Business Development Manager Jazmyn Blockson at email@example.com if you’d like to get involved.
Getting to know the Campus District these past two months has been very inspiring. I’ve had the opportunity to meet with property owners creating unique incubator space, institutions teaching and training the minds of tomorrow, and our vital service agencies providing care to those who need it the most. I am struck by what a dynamic neighborhood the Campus District is, but even more excited about what we can do going forward. Whether It’s in a coffee shop or on the sidewalk, I hope you’ll stop me or any of the CDI Staff to give us your thoughts on the future of the neighborhood. And you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for being part of the future of the Campus District!