Urban Avenues  is a non-profit organization that provides the bounce for each of us to lift up new ideas, collaborative ventures, and artful initiatives that add life to lives on both sides of the economic chasms that exist in our city and suburban life.

Our energy comes from entrepreneurs, artist, educators, musicians, business people, retirees, young parents, intellectuals, and occupational athletes with close ties to the passion that burns inside each of us. We are a collective of people each trying to build our own portion of a wall. We each see a role that we can play, even if that doesn’t fit into a nice vertical and formal organization chart. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson put it this way, “For we are not pans and barrows, nor even porters of the fire and torch-bearers , but children of the fire, made of it…” We believe this to be true of everyone called to join in the work of Urban Avenues. This fire that energizes us for individual creativity and  for collective action.

Somewhere in the soul of what we are doing is the sense that each of us is made for something larger than the isolation of modern society. There are real streets in our city with real people living on them. These people have dreams and potential, and we want to connect in a genuine way to help make these dreams real.