WANTED: Community Characters


by Claire Beyer

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The urban environment communicates in unseen ways. For some the pleasure of living in the city is an unexpected conversation on the bus. Sometimes this conversation occurs while waiting in line, for a show, a movie, a bathroom. It may not be verbal; it may be a pushpin and a business card. The urban bulletin board offers insight into a city, a neighborhood, a clientele. The bulletin board may be at your local grocery store, coffee shop, or pub. Postings offer babysitting, dog walking, free dirt, and more. Each day postings are added, read, and removed. Some may not reveal their skill, but simply offer a name and email address. This network of postings communicates the character of a neighborhood and its businesses. It offers the passersby a chance to meet a new neighbor and engage in a silent dialogue.


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