When I first folded Wallyhood, I received a few emails from people who offered to take it over. I was worried about what it would become, and demurred, but in retrospect, I think that was selfish.
As I’ve been talking to people in the neighborhood, I’ve come upon all sorts of stories that really ought to be shared. The recent string of arsons, for example, and the subsequent arrest of the (alleged) culprit. And more that I didn’t post:
- Wide World Books and Maps, one of the unique shops that makes Wallingford not just another franchise store strip, may be closing, and is seeking help to stay open.
- While there’s been an uptick in package theft, there was a pleasant story on the Wallingford/Fremont Facebook page about a construction worker chasing down and retrieving a package.
- Someone just posted “I just had a guy pressing up against my front windows high as shit just now – my doors were locked but be aware tonight.” to the same Wallingford/Fremont Facebook page.
Anyway, what I’ve been hearing from people over and over via email and as I’ve run into them is that Wallyhood was doing good, helping people connect and communicate with their neighbors. And the reality is, by creating Wallyhood, and making it successful, any alternatives never had the chance to grow.
So, just because I don’t want to work on it, and just because it might become something different than it was when it was mine, mine, mine, that’s kind of a lousy reason to shut it down.
So, I’d like to invite people who are interested in taking over responsibility for it to meet, and let’s see if we can get it going again. I’m not sure what the model would be (Collective of contributors with an “editor in chief”? Free-for-all? Single person blog?), but I’d like that to come from the people who are interested in taking it up, anyway. Either way, I would like to pass it on to a group of people or person who can carry it forward it into whatever it will become.
Please email me at [email protected] if you’re interested and we’ll set a time to meet and talk about whether and how to make it happen.
(Early Morning at Gas Works by Ash)