Lilac St. Emerges From Limbo

Tammy Chapman Photos Lilac Street neighbors bent over backwards to have a good time at their second annual block party on Sunday.

The party drew about 60 people, who danced, made arts and crafts, and did the limbo in the street, which was closed off to traffic for the occasion.

The event grew out of a neighborhood desire to lift up the block, which has struggled with crime and blight. Tammy Chapman, one of the organizers, sent in these photos. Click here to read a piece she wrote about the neighborhood’s turnaround efforts.

The block party came two days after another celebration: an open house for a new Yale-designed home on the block. That house almost wasn’t built, after a Yale professor was mugged at the construction site last spring. Neighborhood Housing Services stepped in and completed the job, as part of the broader efforts by neighbors to make Lilac bloom once more.

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