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Practicer-Preacher types: Atlanta Streets Alive!

photo: Walking down the middle of the street. Because I can. Yay!

History teaches us [repeatedly] that if you don’t like what you see, it’s up to you to change it. Yes, you. Little ole you sitting on the couch, wistfully remembering living in NYC and how pedestrian-friendly and vibrant it is [when you’re not dodging weaving cars]. This wistful longing for what once was — or for what’s never existed — has long served as the impetus for literature, films, art movements, bloody and peaceful revolutions, cuisines, fashion.

Some people are compelled to go out and create the very things they want to see in the world.

A far greater number aren’t. 

We didn’t have to go out and invent jumpskiprunplayhulahoop in the middle of the street.  The adventurous and ambitious folks of Atlanta Streets Alive! already arranged for that.

All we have to do is show up.

I yearn to see more and more people every time I attend Atlanta Streets Alive!, until it becomes an irrepressible, undeniable, beautiful reality for our citizens.

You want to live in a city with green spaces, clean air, and where people, you know, do stuff? Partake of the green spaces, clean air [by riding public transit, biking, walking, or pogo-sticking], and, you know, do stuff. 

With our continued interest and support, this unparalleled level of awesomery could eventually become a weekly occurrence.

So, let’s do it.

Can’t wait to see your shining, paradigm-shifting faces at the next one.

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It’s the little things.

It’s unearthing a vibrant city underneath the unyielding sprawl.

It’s riding your bike in the middle of the street with a heavy dose of sunblock across your freckled nose.

It’s watching chess games unfold: three piece suits against paint-splattered pants.

It’s reclaiming neglected urban spaces with a striped blanket and red maracas.

It’s the sound of drums from under the apple tree across the street.

It’s eating mango habanero paletas without enlisting your passport.

It’s all the little things.

It’s living.

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Warming up for the upcoming Atlanta Streets Alive event with a festive soiree.  Zoom Image

Warming up for the upcoming Atlanta Streets Alive event with a festive soiree. 

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Atlanta Streets Alive : gathering steam

I only very recently found out about the Atlanta Streets Alive event happening this upcoming Sunday, May 23rd.  However, as soon as I did find out, I made it a point to figure out how I could participate and support this vibrant endeavor other than just riding my bicycle and blowing bubbles (endlessly worthwhile pursuits, of course). 

I will be doing those things all while officially documenting the entire experience for all of human posterity and whatnot.

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Inspired by the Ciclovía tradition in Colombia, a group of awesome grassroots people have gathered to make our fair city’s public spaces accessible to all by foot, bike, roller skates, segway, and pogo stick.

This is a valiant effort in the battle to make Atlanta a more pedestrian-friendly, vibrant city.  There will be a bike route — blocked off from traffic — for all to gather and play, bike, people watch, and participate in the free group activities like hula hooping, yoga, and tango, among others.

Join your community in getting fit and active while encouraging healthy, car-free living.

50% bike tour, 50% block party, 100% awesome.

Everyday Celebrations is a proud sponsor.