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Northwest Neighborhood Block Party

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- As summer days give way to autumn nights, the annual Northwest Neighborhood block party serves as Time Check's final hurrah.

We're probably gonna be facing cold weather soon and it's kind of the last party, said Linda Seger with the Northwest Neighbors Neighborhood Association.

The atmosphere was festive, as residents and several non-profit organizations got together to provide games, food and lots of music.

It's about fun and togetherness, and just celebrating our neighborhoods, said Jan Thomas with the Olivet Neighborhood Mission.

In between it all, there's also time for a little reflection on an event that left its mark the 2008 flood

The recovery from the flood has taken a lot longer in our neighborhood, Thomas said.

It's picking up speed, but the first couple years were kinda slow, resident Lisa Cooley said.

2008 was very devastating to the northwest side of town, but people we spoke to say events like the block party allow them to turn away from the past and look towards the future.

It's getting more life and growth back into it, with things like this, Cooley said.

That new life brings new optimism.

For some, that optimism is bolstered by news this week that the U.S. House of Representatives is discussing flood protection projects for the city.

With the assistance of federal funds, more and more people can feel comfortable living in the core neighborhoods, Seger said.

Some hope that leads to even more projects.

I want to see a full size soccer field put in here a baseball diamond, resident Jim McKiernan said.

Residents say these projects could be invested into what is once again a bright future.
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