“We were attracted straight over here like mosquitoes to a light,” Williams said.
Williams said her 5-year-old son ran straight for the bounce house.
“I liked the bouncy house because it’s so bouncy,” Tyshaun said. “I love Northside.”
Residents of the Northside neighborhood, including students, were invited to the Good Neighbor Initiative Neighborhood Night Out and Block Party Tuesday. The Northside neighborhood is a historically black neighborhood between Columbia and Lloyd Streets. In the past decade, students have begun renting properties in the area, raising the prices of property and forcing longtime residents out of their homes.
Aaron Bachenheimer, director of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Community Involvement at UNC, said the event helps bring the two groups together and celebrate the community.
“It’s not just the students’ community, it’s not just the yearlong residents’ community,” Bachenheimer said. “It’s everybody’s community so we celebrate that and enjoy it.”
Organizations like emPOWERment Inc. and the Compass Center had booths with information about their groups.
“It’s so critical for us to come together and support each other and to be a part of everything that’s happening in our community,” said Matt LeRoy, a pastor at Love Chapel Hill. “We love this town and we want to help out any way we can.”