Cittaslow Sebastopol has a reputation for getting things done. We listen to the community through surveys, social media and our booth at the Farmers Market. When we see an issue that speaks to Sebastopol's Slow City priorities, we look for organizations we can bring together so that collaboratively we can "all row in the same direction" to make an important project happen. Some of our projects include:
The Eco-Tourism Open House: Local residents were invited to share their concerns and propose solutions should Sebastopol become more of an eco-tourist destination. Over 125 people attended the open house and voted on their top priorities. Highest on the list: Reducing traffic; creating a stronger connection between the Barlow and downtown; developing maps and apps to help guide visitors to our local merchants and the many other places that express our Sebastopol spirit. The Open House was co-sponsored by Sonoma County Farm Trails, the City of Sebastopol, Sebastopol Entrepreneurs Project, the Core Project and the Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center.
The Sebastopol Ped Line: A pilot project involving three color-coded, self-guided walking tours to encourage visitors in particular to get out of the car and walk while they are in town. The routes went from the Plaza to three area attractions (the Laguna, Ives Park, the Florence Avenue Art Walk). Initial results of a survey about the walks indicate that 64% of people walked when they would otherwise have driven. They also spent money! As a result of the self-guided walking tour, 72% of participants said they discovered a new store or restaurant, and 52% spent between $30-40. The Ped Line was developed with help from iWalk Sebastopol, Complete Streets, the Core Project, Studio L'Image and many concerned citizens.
The McKinley Street Murals: A community wide street painting event designed to creating a stronger connection between the Barlow and Historic downtown by encouraging pedestrians to walk along McKinley Street. The murals were a joint project with the Village Builders fonts free 3d models. Over 200 volunteers came to paint in September 2014 as part of the 10-day Sebastopol Village Building Convergence.
The Home Stay/Farm Stay Workshop: A ½ day seminar for West County residents interested in hosting travelers in their home. (Part of our Eco-tourism campaign). This event was Co-sponsored by Sonoma County Farm Trails, Sebastopol Entrepreneurs Project and the City of Sebastopol.
As an ad hoc committee of the City, Cittaslow Sebastopol receives some of its funding from the City of Sebastopol for projects that further the Council's promotion of the 6 "Slow City" priorities:
Support locally made products and agriculture
Celebrate our culture and history
Welcome visitors and embrace neighbors
Integrate technologies for improved well being
Promote the health of our environment
Develop community-friendly infrastructure (walk ways, gathering places, parks and open space)
Keep your eyes peeled for more Cittaslow snails popping up around town as we continue our efforts to keep Sebastopol green, local, friendly and artistic.