Reflections from Eastern University Survey Day

Eastern University students relax and reflect after an afternoon of Mt. Airy 2025 surveying!

Eastern University students relax and reflect after an afternoon of Mt. Airy 2025 surveying!

On September 19th, a group of nine students from Eastern University’s International Development program came to Mt. Airy as a part of their Community Development Class. They spent the afternoon assisting with the Mt. Airy 2025 resident survey. According to their professor, Leah Hood, they had a great time walking through the neighborhood, meeting residents and conducting surveys.

Mt. Airy USA, and the 2025 partners, are extremely thankful to the university students and their professor for taking an afternoon and working in our community. We wanted to highlight one students reflections on the day to give everyone a sense of the feelings students had that day:

When I was growing up my grandparents lived in Germantown, and even though I lived from 1976 to 1999 in University City, I have very little familiarity with Mt. Airy.  My loss!  My only sadness on the beautiful late summer Saturday afternoon that we spent knocking on doors, asking Mt. Airy residents to participate in the community survey process, was at how few people were at home.  On the other hand, the fact that everyone was out and about seems to show a neighborhood vitality.

Our team was quite taken with the beauty and diversity of the neighborhood, particularly with regard to the wide range of architectural styles, the many wide streets, and the huge, old trees.  We felt welcomed to the neighborhood not only by the homeowners we spoke with, but also by business owners we met when we needed snacks, and by various pedestrians with whom we shared some narrow sidewalks.

Among survey respondents we met we found interest, enthusiasm, and engagement with the community development process.  In these conversations it was clear that many different perspectives are represented, and we’re glad to have been able to encourage community members to realize the value and validity of each person’s unique viewpoint.

Thank you Kathy Hall Ditchfield, Darrin Chitwood, Victor Habib, Hannah Curry, Darryl Clear, Mike Staub, Tiffany Frank, Jessica Carey, Seth Malone for spending some time in our neighborhood. And a BIG Thank You to their wonderful teacher Leah Hood!

Want to join in on the fun?!

We will be holding one final fall Community Survey Day Saturday November 7th between 11:00-2:00pm

Stay tuned, details will be coming soon!

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