There are community groups, and then there are community groups: populated by people who are passionate about their neighborhood and are devoted to making it an even better place to live and work. The West Broadway Neighborhood Association (WBNA) is decidedly in the latter category. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the WBNA is all about revitalizing the area of the West Side that includes Broadway, Westminster and the Cranston Street Armory. Well, scratch that. Thirty years ago, the WBNA was all about revitalization. Now, it’s all about making sure that the West Side remains a great place to work and live. Organized neighborhood cleanups are a regular occurrence, as are frequent annual events like May’s Yard Sale and Stroll (an organized, neighborhood-wide yard sale and sidewalk shopping event). The WBNA’s fourth annual Block Party on June 29 promises to be bigger than ever, with an impressive roster of local bands, food and family activities. But it’s not all about having fun. The WBNA has proved to be an impressive force when it comes to supporting local businesses in the neighborhood. Take, as evidence, their instrumental involvement in establishing Fertile Underground, the neighborhood’s only grocery store. They also helped put in place the pilot program for overnight parking and are working to build a fountain in Luongo Square (replacing the one for which West Fountain, one of the bordering streets, was named). Sound like enough reasons to celebrate?
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