Improving the View in Capitol View


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Thanks in part to $1,000 grants from NeighborWorks Lincoln, many houses within the Capitol View Neighborhood have become more beautiful to all who behold them.

To receive the grants, interested neighbors completed and submitted applications to NWL about the types of projects they envisioned and their estimated timelines.

Mark Kohler, Capitol View Neighborhood Association president, took advantage of the available funds. He replaced handrails on his porch, installed a new storm door and did landscaping work.

A neighbor down the street planted a new tree. Another nearby resident had some bushes removed. Though they sound like small enhancements, Kohler said they’ve made quite a difference.

“This was work that needed to be done anyway, but I think the incentive got us all motivated to get it done,” he said.

Bill and Marcia Thornton, who live across 18th Street from Kohler, removed their deteriorating concrete steps and had new ones poured.

“When we saw the email from Mark about the grant, we immediately thought of the steps,” Marcia said. “It was a no-brainer.”

They believe the steps — and the sidewalk leading up to them — were poured when the house was built in 1920.

“Anybody who comes over here, if they’d seen what was here before, thinks the transformation is pretty amazing,” Bill said. “We were ecstatic to get this done and very grateful that NeighborWorks provided the grants. You don’t necessarily have cash just laying around for an improvement of that nature, so to have that available was awesome.”

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