I visited Roscommon County, Michigan and toured a few empty buildings. On one corner, a major intersection into town, there was an empty building on each corner. We talked about building possibility, working with the county and the town and hosting a tour.
Next to one of the buildings that needed to be torn down was an old restaurant, still in operation. The entrance everyone uses is on the back side by the parking lot. However, the front side is what visitors see. It is full of weeds and the windows are dirty. I suggested the committee get together in the early morning light, bring their weed whackers and window cleaners, and take an hour to clean it up.
Then they could send a nice letter to the owner thanking him for keeping a long standing business open and being a part of the community. Business owners are busy people and sometimes things fall through the cracks. No need to remind him of that, he knows. What he doesn’t hear often enough is “thank you”.
Do you have location in your neck of the woods that needs a Ninja team?