GOOD Citizenship Task 1: Learn About the History of Your Neighborhood #30DaysofGOOD

If these sidewalks could talk.

Things are easier said than done, or so the old adage goes, and we couldn't agree more. That's why we do The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD), a monthly attempt to live better. Our challenge for February? GOOD citizenship.

Learn about the history of your neighborhood.

It can be fascinating to learn how history has played out on your very own streets. Get to know how and why things got to be the way they are. If you have a clearer picture of the people and places that shaped your community's past, you'll feel more connected to its present, and hopefully be inspired to get involved in creating its future.

Do some research: See what you can find online, in your neighborhood blog, your community paper or your neighborhood council. Public records can reveal interesting tidbits on past building projects, political campaigns, property sales and more. Who knows what you'll find, and who you can share it with!

Take a walk. You can go to to quickly see the boundaries of your neighborhood, and then set out on an urban hike. Talk to neighbors and shop owners, ask them how long their families have lived in the area and if they have a story to tell. If you're into it, take a few photos and post them on our Facebook page.

Come back tomorrow for the next task in our GOOD citizenship challenge.

Learn how to live like a citizen at The Guiding Lights Weekend conference on creative citizenship, March 8-10 in Seattle.

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