We have an upstart neighborhood group that has good intentions....
A man and his girlfriend have had a few meetings ranging from 10-20 individuals from a 12 block area. This gentleman is wanting to revamp the neighborhood by having decorative signing and landscaping done by the City. Our assisitant City Manager has allegedly offered up to pay for half of all the costs if the "group" can come up with the other half in grants. The gentleman at the head of this group thinks that his girlfriend can simply apply for a grant thru a local foundation (which typically awards safety or children oriented projects) and magically get at least $25K to pay for half of their signs.
Do other cities have these groups and find they fizzle out when they are strong-armed by one individual? I would think that a democratic methodology would be a better way to get thing done and gain "buy-in" from neighbors.
What are your experiences with groups like this?
What are good ways to get "buy-in" from neighbors to make this a successful neighborhood group?
I would really like to see them succeed, but I feel they are going about it all the wrong way.