John Robert Smith
October 3, 2012, the Downtown Alliance Annual meeting was held at the Battle House Hotel in Mobile, AL. The keynote speaker was John Robert Smith of Reconnecting America.   He is also former four-term Mayor of Meridian, MS, and very interested in bring communities back to life. One of his slides was a very colorful map of the U.S. The deep colors illustrated the health issues in the southeast. The poor health of many citizens could be helped by more exercise. If the citizens could be encouraged to join the Lean-and-Clean effort they would be healthier and our re-connected neighborhoods would be cleaner. A daily litter walk would help everyone. After the meeting I spoke with Mayor Smith explaining the Lean and Clean idea. The two sided business card he carried away listed our web addresses.  He listened carefully to the idea and even asked about the size of the bag I carried. Who knows? He might take the idea to Washington. It would be great to join forces with such a great program as Reconnecting America.
Everyday a neighbor and a friend doing a litter walk on every street and we're litter free until tomorrow.

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