Save the Northside Free Bench

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The Northside Free Bench, currently at the corner of Fergus and Knowlton, has been an institution in our neighborhood for years. Recently District 5 Police Liaison has said the Free Bench will be removed, though they have not mentioned any specific violations or code issues, nor any permit that the Free Bench could attempt to apply for. We feel it is groundless and senseless to destroy this community resource.

The Northside Free Bench is an important part of our neighborhood character. It represents the spirit of generosity as well as grassroots innovation our community takes pride in. Countless people use the Free Bench, and its service is even more important now as rising housing costs tighten the budget of many of our neighbors.

Items from the Free Bench can create joy from the serendipity of finding a new treasured item, but more importantly, they have made real tangible improvements to people's lives who are in need. Strollers, microwaves, soccer cleats, and warm clothes on a cold day are among the countless items that have been shared among neighbors. 

The bench is not as nice and tidy as a display in a big box store. But it is monitored closely by community volunteers. Unclaimed items are brought regularly to St. Vincent De Paul thrift store. Though it may not always be the most visually beautiful thing in our neighborhood, the generosity of spirit it demonstrates is one of the most lovely aspects of the Northside Community. 

Please help us preserve this example of sharing and Northside spirit by signing this petition to the District 5 Police Liaison. 



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