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23rd annual 'Put the Neighbor back in the Hood' walk focuses on community involvement

Posted at 6:17 PM, Aug 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-03 18:17:32-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The 23rd annual 'Put the Neighbor back in the Hood' walk on Saturday was all about turning back the clock to a bygone era.

"The concept of putting Neighbor back in the Hood is an old concept but it's one we should return to," said Erie County Legislator Howard Johnson. "I remember being a kid that you knew everybody on the block."

The walk from Martin Luther King Park down Fillmore Avenue, also promoted neighborhood improvements.

"I lived on Gerard street, I lived on North Hampton, I lived on Riley, and when I lived there it was a whole different look. But now I see this evolution taking place. I see investment coming back, and it didn't just come back magically, it came back because of all of you," said Council Member Rasheed Wyatt.

City leaders urged those in the audience to become more connected and involved in the community, and continuing the work they're doing.

"But it takes each and every one of us to continue to come together, to build the kind of community that we're looking for," said Mayor Byron Brown.

"It's not just the council member or the mayor, it's you," said Council Member Wyatt.

The walk concluded with all day food, entertainment and a basketball game.