There are too few neighborhoods in America that have such a rich blend of small-town beauty and charm coupled with the big-city technical literacy and progressive values of Wallingford. The main strip’s dearth of national fast food chains is testament to the community’s will to be free of the bland and lifeless Corporate America carnival lining most of Middle America’s main drags. Wallingford residents know what it means to act locally, and their technical prowess enables them to do so with a level of efficiency unprecedented by other communities contemporarily or historically. Usually more than one online resource is on the scene of breaking news and crimes, business openings and community meetings, and celebrations and events that Wallingford residents should know about and that usually fall under the radar of the big-time news agencies. Beyond that most Wallingford organizations, non-profit or otherwise, have effective, useful online presences via websites and social networking accounts.
Getting the most out of life has always required establishing meaningful connections to the community in which you live to find that place in the world where you are content, where you truly belong. Community involvement doesn’t mean just giving through contributions of your time attending and volunteering for events and spending money at locally-owned small businesses, but also personally receiving through, for instance, eating healthier by buying from local farmers instead of chain grocers, exercise by helping in the community gardens of Seattle Tilth (Facebook, Twitter), and expanding your social contacts and building your professional networks by going to the Wallingford Art Walk (Facebook), the Wallingford Community Kitchen (Facebook) and many other events.
The Wallingford Neighborhood Association (Facebook) should be considered one of your primary resources. They feature an attractive blog-style website hosting the latest updates about the Wallingford Community Council, the Wallingford Farmers Market (Facebook) and everything else Wallingford as well as a calendar and an extensive list of community resources for people all walks of life. The Wallingford Chamber of Commerce (Facebook) is an indispensible resource for entrepreneurs and professionals, and FamilyWorks (Facebook, Twitter) is there for all of us if or when we need a hand up via the food bank, job-placement assistance, and other social services.
My favorite source of Wallingford news and information is the Wallyhood (Facebook, Twitter) blog. They cover neighborhood happenings in the very down to earth manner that only those actually from a given community could. Sporting a logo with lettering in the style of the old Good Giant sign and with an eye toward healthy living and community building, the reports of Jordan Schwartz & Co. range from community events to the local crime beat and their human touch is a welcome respite from the plastic talking heads on the glowing box that say they care about the communities they report about.
Competing with Wallyhood is the MyWallingford (Facebook, Twitter) website is run by Next Door Media, a company that owns a fleet of sites covering neighborhoods throughout the city, including Fremont, Ballard, the University District and many others. They may seem a little more distant from Wallingford as their energies are spread thinner but the reportage of their staff is still quite credible and personable.
Even though Everyblock.com and KOMO News both have Wallingford sections the respective companies’ focus is too wide to feature news any more than tangentially related to the Wallingford neighborhood.
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