parting shot: friendship

Neighborhoods like Friendship do not endure automatically. It is not easy for a beautiful house to remain a beautiful house for 100 years, nor is it easy to keep the streets clean and quiet and friendly for the same period of time. Friendship looks the way it does today because the residents there MAKE it look that way. It’s an effort, not an accident.

In 1989, a car dealership purchased some adjacent lots, including a Victorian house and an older wood-framed structure. Friendship residents were upset by the developments but failed to turn their frustration into timely action; the lots were destroyed to make a car lot. This unfortunate episode spawned a greater good- The Friendship Preservation Group and the Friendship Development Associates were formed as advocacy and planning groups that championed the best interests of both the neighborhood itself and the residents who live there.

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