Reminder: Streets will be blocked off all over the neighborhood tomorrow night for the 31st Annual Seattle Night Out.
In reading the description from the official web site, I was a little surprised to see it billed primarily as an anti-crime event, goals declaring like “Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness” and “Send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back”.
In my experience, it’s 99% about community building. Folks pull lawn chairs into the street, pile dishes onto the potluck table and just find out who lives nearby in casual conversation. I get that community-building is a cornerstone to crime prevention, but for many of us, community-building is the goal. That is prevents crime is icing on the cake.
Anyway, whatever the reason, I encourage you to attend your nearest block party tomorrow night. If you’re block isn’t having one, try one street over. You may be delighted at who you discover.