Uniting a City, One Chalk Square at a Time

By Beth Dreher

hopscotchScientific research tells us that channeling our inner 5-year-old can improve health and boost creativity. Playing like a kid can also bring a community together—just ask the Detroit citizens and members of two non-profit organizations who will attempt to create the world’s longest hopscotch course later this month.

The project, a 4.2-mile trail of chalk-drawn squares, will wind through downtown Detroit, uniting residents who don’t normally cross paths. Says Wayne Ramocon, program director of Osborn Neighborhood Alliance, one of the participating communities, “We all live in the same city, but we want to really feel it by literally connecting the squares.”

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