40th Anniversary of the Salvation of Swillburg

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Last night, almost 100 neighbors and friends of Swillburg gathered in Artisan Church to celebrate and learn about the historic shutdown of a proposed highway expansion through our little neighborhood 40 years ago!

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Shockingly, the activists prevailed and our neighborhood rebounded and is stronger than ever. The whole story is fascinating and last night we listened to speakers who actually had a hand in our survival!  This included:

Mike Henry — Swillburg historian; Joe Yatteau — longtime resident; Luke Parisi — City Councilman at the time; Ed Simmons — businessman; Elaine Spaull — current City Council person.  Swillburger Judy Hay as emcee tied the whole program together beautifully.

Neighbor, Joyce Nakada (Nelson St), created an informative documentary with interviews and the highlights. That video can be viewed right here:


Also in attendance were past Swillburg President and Treasurer who were behind the revival in the 2000’s, David Chappius and Matt Perdue as well as Artist Maria Friske, the creator of the gorgeous Pembroke St. art panels!

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A special thank you to The Owl House / Swillburger for catering the event with amazing sandwiches and beverages!

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A video of the program/speakers can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/dp7a0Zbq0gI

To view photos from the event, provided by Nelson St. resident Heather McKay, check out our Flikr stream right here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/98323776@N05/


2014 Membership Form

Happy Summer, Swillburgers!

We have updated the membership form for 2014 (download the Swillburg membership form 2014 right here) and you can donate to the neighborhood’s coffers with as little as $5.

All funds go to making Swillburg a better, more beautiful place to live and work. Your dues go directly back into our awesome neighborhood.

If you would like to organize a membership drive or volunteer in another way, please step forward. Many hands makes light work, as the phrase goes…

Summer Events

This coming weekend, many neighbors are having individual Garage Sales from 9-3 (May 31 & June 1)! Feel free to have your own sale or just walk the neighborhood looking for some good deals.

Coming up in two weeks, we are having our Annual Swillburg Neighborhood Potluck meet & greet in Otto Henderberg Park, right in the middle of our neighborhood. Please bring a dish to pass or help setup/cleanup. There will be membership information as well as Swillburg merchandise for sale during the party. Sunday, June 8th from 2-5 PM!


2014 Swillburg Flyer can be downloaded and shared right here.

August Picnic

Swillburg Neighbors gathered on Henrietta Street this past weekend to meet, chat, share fresh homemade food (and Swillburg grown veggies!) and renew their memberships. New and old families, growing families, singles, a reverend and a political activist were all in attendance getting to know each other and planning great things for Swillburg.Swillburg Neighborhood

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