Monday, April 12, 2010
President Carter to Visit EcoVillage, Hawthornites Say "Welcome to the Neighborhood!"
Post and photo by the Hawthorne Hawkman
President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalyn will be coming to the Hawthorne EcoVillage as part of the Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Work Project. The 2010 project will feature ten homes to be built, repaired, or renovated in the EcoVillage and another ten such homes in the east side of St. Paul. In Hawthorne, we've known about the project for quite some time, as Habitat for Humanity has been working with the neighborhood on site selection, architectural design, and other aspects of the project.
So when the word came out that it was "official," I went to tell some of our residents in the EcoVillage. Pictured above are...
...Valeria (the Polish lady), Scott, who's lived in the neighborhood for five years, Emily and Eric, two of our newest EcoVillage residents, and former Hawthorne Neighborhood Council board chair Peter Teachout. Peter's company, Building a Difference, is the one working on the EcoVillage house to be featured in the upcoming Minneapolis/St. Paul Home Tour.
There will be a press conference tomorrow morning at ten, over at the State Office Building in St. Paul to make a formal announcement.
We're all standing on a currently vacant lot at 430 30th Ave N. This is one of the sites that the Hawthorne Neighborhood Council has given its approval to Habitat for acquisition and inclusion in the work project. We expect that by the time President Carter comes, there will be a wonderful new house waiting for the next EcoVillage residents. So to our future residents, and to Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter, we say, "Welcome to the neighborhood!"