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One Joplin Advocacy Workshop Helps Citizens Improve Neighborhoods

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Ann Leach loves living in Murphysburg, but she also seems room for improvement in her neighborhood.

"I'm very fortunate. I live in the historic district, but it's a very transient area and there's some changes that I would like to see made and some things improved," said Leach, a Joplin resident.

Leach decided to take advantage of this neighborhood advocacy workshop to see what she could do to bring about real change in her area.

"It's wonderful to have the ideas or to notice a need, but it's the action that really helps move things forward," Leach said.

Action and improvement are goals for One Joplin, an organization dedicated to making neighborhoods better.

"We are a coalition of various organizations and individuals in the community working together to create a thriving community of good neighbors," explained Anna Leonard, Community Coordinator for One Joplin.

This workshop is one in a series as citizens share issues facing their neighborhoods, like abandoned housing, and One Joplin is hoping these meetings encourage a collective effort to make the city better.

"To bounce ideas off other residents that they might not have talked to before, so it's really interactive, and really wanting them to get those tools to learn, create kind of a step by step map of how they need to get there," Leonard explained.

Leach appreciates having the opportunity to talk about the issues facing her neighborhood with other concerned citizens and plans on attending the next One Joplin workshop.

"Being able to design spaces where we're able to have those kinds of continuing conversations, I think is going to be vital," said Leach.

Interested in attending the next One Joplin workshop? Click here.

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