LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - There is quite the buzz in La Crosse surrounding the new Northside Elementary School.
Residents in that part of town are hoping to build off the excitement of the new school and create a stronger sense of community throughout their neighborhoods.
This renewed sense of community on the Northside of La Crosse has more residents coming together.
About 25 people have joined to create a new neighborhood association.
There are now two associations on the Northside and they are separated by Clinton Street, but they will not be separated when it comes to revitalizing the Northside.
The area has had one neighborhood association for the past 14 years or so. The Lower Northside and Depot Neighbors have lots of experience in trying to improve La Crosse's Northside and now they have help, and they go by the name Logan Northside Neighborhood Association.
"There is strength in numbers and when you get enough people together the city does listen," Lower Northside and Depot Neighbors chairman Jerry Swim said.
"Learning from each other, collaborating together, typically we're better together," Derek Mueller, member of the Logan Northside Neighborhood Association said.
The newly formed association has only been around for one month.
"We're trying to get to know each other more than anything right now. We're fairly new, we just formed and we're having gatherings and things to get together with our neighbors," Lower Northside secretary Mark Mitchell said.
Getting to know each other may not seem like a way to revitalize a neighborhood, but Mueller said it's right where they need to start.
"I think it's important for people to find ways to take ownership in their neighborhood. Maybe it just starts on their block, it starts with their immediate neighbor, meeting their immediate neighbor to know when they're on vacation and to watch their house when they're on vacation," Mueller said.
The neighborhood associations are already working with one another to make improvements to the Northside and they're doing it by rallying around the new elementary school.
"A school is what makes a neighborhood a neighborhood," Swim said.
Both groups say the school has brought so much pride to the Northside, now it's time to build off it.
"I think it's important for people to find ways to take ownership in their neighborhood. Maybe it just starts on their block, it starts with their immediate neighbor, to know their immediate neighbor, to know when they're on vacation and to watch their house when their on vacation," Mueller said.
Currently the new Logan association is beginning to set goals. Members say they will be asking neighbors what issues they would like to see addressed and the Lower Northside and Depot Neighbors said they are ready to help them.
If you would like to be involved in either association they ask you to contact them.
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