NEIGHBORISTA! is a webzine devoted to the new neighborhood culture that’s connecting people to the places we live, work, and play: reflections on living in communities, ideas for making neighborhoods great, profiles of the best places and the people who are making them that way.

There is a lot on the web related to neighborhood and community improvement, but not so much of it is fun to read. We’ll tell inspiring stories about projects empowering neighborhood spirit and combine them with light-hearted items about savoring the lifestyle of local living: the lure of the corner bar or playground (or bar at the playground), the appeal of bike paths, the offbeat community festival.

We won’t shy away from talking about the problems neighborhoods face or cause: disinvestment, disputes, gentrification, or segregation. Because we’re not talking about sanitized, whitewashed places, but ones that incorporate diversity, real history, and real people.

And we’ll look both to our own streets and well beyond to find stories, challenges, and models for what creative neighborhoods can be because great ideas might be around the corner or in Rome or Rio or Rochester.


Who’s behind NEIGHBORISTA!?

Glenn Perkins has worked in publishing, museums, and historic preservation, most recently as Director of Outreach Education for Preservation North Carolina, where he oversaw the revitalization of PreservationNC.org. He has written for the Raleigh News & Observer, Preservation Magazine online, and Our State. A lousy cyclist with an unquenchable desire for travel, he lives in the Lindley Park neighborhood in Greensboro, N.C., with his wife and son.

Elizabeth Sappenfield is a reformed archaeologist, who found her way to historic preservation as a way to make places we love out of places we used to love. Formerly the Director of Urban Issues for Preservation North Carolina (a National Trust Partners in the Field position), Elizabeth is serving on the board of Preservation Durham, raising a young son, and wrestling a surly bullmastiff. She lives in the Watts-Hillandale neighborhood of Durham, N.C.