Where Sidewalks End

Learn about the Where Sidewalks End Art Exhibit and What You Can Do to Make the Mahoning Valley a More Walkable, More Equitable, Healthier Community.


The Healthy Community Partnership recently published the Where Sidewalks End Digital Digest, which preserves and presents the Where Sidewalks End art as activism exhibition in a digital format. The publication also acts as an educational resource about recent local efforts and investments to promote pedestrian safety and walkability across the Mahoning Valley. There are also suggestions for how residents can get involved to make sure the momentum to create, maintain, and sustain more walkable, equitable, and healthier communities continues to march forward.

The exhibition explored how neighborhoods and communities can become disconnected because of forgotten, neglected, or ignored investments in people-centered infrastructure. When sidewalks are overgrown, not maintained, or simply do not exist in communities, residents can become isolated in their homes or risk their own safety by being forced to walk in dangerous situations like broken or obstructed sidewalks or even worse, in the shoulder of a busy roadway.

In this exhibition a group of six photographers, two each from Mahoning, Mercer and Trumbull Counties,  helped illustrate the challenges that exist as a result of aging or non-existent infrastructure.

PHOTOGRAPHERS:

Soap / Mahoning County Photographers
Michael McAllister 
Joseph Napier

RAA / Mercer County Photographers:
Tim Cimperman 
Gil Thurman

TAG / FACT / Trumbull County Photographers
Rachel E. Hathhorn 
Mikenna McClurg 

We explored and brought awareness to how our citizens can become marginalized by living in areas without connectivity to the assets and amenities that exist for people that own a personal vehicle or live in neighborhoods with access to retail, medical and public transportation.

We also looked at how in some of our communities the lack of sidewalks, bike paths and trails make walking, running or riding bicycles dangerous.

The exhibition also looked at solutions to infrastructure issues underway in our region that address reconnecting people to the larger community and the resources that reinvigorate neighborhoods and lay the groundwork for creating safer, healthy and walkable communities.

Throughout the exhibition we sought public input on potential solutions from community members who werel also invited to tell personal stories. 

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