- The Washington Times - Monday, February 19, 2007

NEW YORK (AP) — Sit down. But, please, don’t shut up. That’s the request from a trio of students at a New York design school who say city residents aren’t taking advantage of an unnatural resource found in front of many of their buildings: stoops.

In an Internet campaign inspired by a recent class project, Chelsea Briganti, Sarah Feldman and Essence Rodriguez are encouraging New Yorkers to sit on their front steps and get to know one another.

“I think this culture of social interaction has really been declining,” Miss Briganti said. “People are so busy, too busy to interact with their neighbors, and they’re not building these kinds of really important relationships.”

As part of their campaign, the students posted more than 100 lime green fliers with the words “SIT HERE” throughout Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, on stoops or whatever public seating they deemed suitable.

They also set up a Web site (www.freewebs.com/sit_here) encouraging people to post comments, participate in polls and even print their own fliers.

Stoop-sitting hasn’t entirely disappeared in New York. Still, everyone agrees the tradition is far less common than in the past.

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