The premise for this campaign began out of growing frustration with property owners and absentee landlords to adequately maintain the appearance of houses which, collectively, contributes to unsightly neighborhoods.
Property values tend to increase when investments are made in structural and physical enhancements to residential housing. Willis, a Franklin native, expressed a conviction to redress the aesthetic decline of row houses along Martin Luther King Boulevard and beautify the area to stymie what can be perceived as a blight trend.
She noted that it was time to launch a grassroots effort and empower local citizens to take Martin Luther King Boulevard back with the help of the City of Franklin.
The boulevard is representative of an honorary ascription to the famed civil rights leader and many, including Willis, think it needs to be aesthetically appealing. She is also advocating for extending lampposts along this corridor and adding flowers to promote curb appeal.
Color Our Communities is a block beautification venue set for Aug. 20 from 8 a.m. until on the boulevard. Individual property owners have granted permission for a number of houses to be cleaned and painted.
Long-term success rests on COC’s growth into a civic project with the aim of revitalizing one block at a time, organizers say. Although momentum is growing, volunteers are still needed. Primarily, painters with color design expertise, lawn care and landscaping assistance, and block captains are desirable. At least 50 gallons of exterior paint donations are critically important and they can be dropped off at City Hall. Refreshment donations and sponsorship from local and regional vendors are also welcomed.
For more information or to provide assistance, please call Willis at (985) 255-2348 or (337) 907-6073.