So long and thanks for all the chalk

Thank you participants, neighbors, passersby and onlookers! We just wrapped up a fantastic inaugural month of activities where we explored how to build empathy on our streets, expose and start conversations around shared values, and get people involved in re-making streets for the better. We provoked questions about how we value our street with the “Price Tag the City” project. We told and listened to stories from the street with “The Street Speaks” audio installation (up through May 17, to coincide with the annual Ride of Silence planned for that date). Lastly, we activated an amazing cohort of 20 budding street advocates with the “Street Ranger” pilot program. We are particularly excited about the potential of this last program and are so grateful for the effort of all our Street Rangers, as well their willingness to open up about their experience.

To really get a sense of the (occasionally serious) fun that we’ve been having, make sure to check out the incredible films that SF documentarian and local legend H.P. Mendoza put together for us: Price Tag the City, The Street Speaks and Street Rangers.

So what’s next for the National Street Service? First off, we’ll be taking a break to allow us to recover from all the excitements of the last month, so you may not hear quite as much from us for a while. But we’re not planning on going anywhere anytime soon. We’ll be thinking and scheming and planning to unveil a next generation of National Street Service programs, later this year. If you have ideas about what you would like to see us work on next, shoot us an email or connect via Instagram or Twitter.

Lastly, thank you for your tweets, your mentions, your calls, your messages: our streets are important parts of our lives because of all the amazing people who live on and use these streets everyday. We learned so much about what it takes to make a street great, and are grateful that the city of San Francisco was such a welcoming host for our activities. We have renewed energy and impetus, and will continue working to re-make American streets as places to be safe, to be happy, to connect with others, and - yes, from time to time - to move through.