Playhouse District Launched Its ‘Hi Neighbor’ Series to Bring Locals Together In the Name of Good Eats, Good Times and Good Company

Published : Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 6:46 AM

The Pasadena Playhouse District Association launched its new social initiative series called “Hi Neighbor” Tuesday night where locals of the District–including residents, business owners and everyone in between–can look forward to mingling once a month at select locations to help and create a vibrant community of individuals who call the area home.

“The Playhouse District is really Pasadena’s place for arts and culture. ‘Hi Neighbor’ is really targeted to residents in the area not only in the Playhouse District, but those who live nearby who can be able to learn what it’s like to actually live here, to live the lifestyle of the Playhouse District and to participate in all of the things that we have to offer here,” said Playhouse District Association Executive Director Brian Wallace.

“Hi Neighbor” debuted at Redwhite and Bluezz restaurant which served as the icebreaker to locals who wandered in as strangers looking to socialize with other district goers and who ultimately left well acquainted after having experienced delicious food specials and good company.

“It’s about community. We have a great relationship with the Playhouse District. Obviously we are right in the middle of it all being connected to the Pasadena Playhouse so we are all about the community, the locals and bringing people to try out different locations,” said Co-owner of Redwhite and Bluezz restaurant Christopher Garrison.

Future “Hi Neighbor” events will showcase other music venues, institutions, photography workshops, food specials and much more.

“I came here because I’m interested in the Playhouse District, which is where I live. I think it’s one of the most wonderful parts of our city and I’d like to be more involved with the community and with our neighborhood,” said City Council Candidate for District 7 Bryan Witt.

Events like “Hi Neighbor” offer a face to face interaction that does not compare to surfing the web, according to Wallace.

“What we’re targeting here is residents and getting them out of their apartments. A lot of people are moving in and finding the Playhouse District to be a great home and it’s really nice that we’re able to provide connections, not only to the residents and our businesses and institutions, but also to each other. What that does is helps build community, it helps the Playhouse District really become a neighborhood and much more than a business district or a place to live. You really start to integrate the two and combine that with arts and culture and you have a really unique place here in Pasadena,” explained Wallace.

Hi Neighbor is free to join and open to everyone. You can sign up for the Playhouse District Association newsletter to stay up to date with upcoming events by visiting http://www.playhousedistrict.org/initiatives/hi-neighbor

The Playhouse District Association (PDA), a non-profit corporation formed in 1995, is dedicated to managing and marketing Pasadena’s Playhouse District. In 2001, a coalition of PDA members, property owners and business owners formed a Property-Based Business Improvement District (PBID). The PBID pools private dollars to fund activities and services in the 32-block Playhouse District which is governed by an 11-member board of directors representing the district’s property owners, businesses and institutions.

 

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