Monday, August 11 2008 @ 02:46 PM UTC
Contributed by: B' Spokes
[Follow up on the Tour du Greater Homewood / Baltimore Bike Pageant]
Parade gives the community a chance to show off its thriving 'Main Street'
By Kevin Rector | Sun reporter
A local marching band and dancing troupe passed by, as did Miss Maryland - Alicia Taylor, who grew up down the block - Mayor Sheila Dixon, McGruff the Crime Dog and a slew of local residents riding bikes and walking their pets. Balloons lined the street, and shop owners and residents lined the sidewalks, taking it all in.
Kindseth, who smiled as bikers and pet owners gathered after the parade at St. John's Church in the Village at Greenmount Avenue and 30th Street, said she would like to see Waverly Main Street designated as a national historical district. Like DiMauro, she doesn't want Waverly to change completely, but for its historic character to be able to shine through.
Baltimore police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III, who was at the parade, said he views all the community involvement as "a clue that we're really moving forward. This is a clue that people are engaged.
"It's an incredible shot in the arm to see this many people energized and committed," he said. "These people are prepared to take care of their own community, and what you really need is communities taking care of communities."
Dixon agreed, and pointed to the parade and National Night Out as opportunities to revitalize communities like Waverly across the city.
"This is to really bring the community, the Police Department and other partners together to talk about how to better the area," she said. "It's really all of us collaborating together."