Ever wondered where the chalk-art stage at the 16th and Mission plaza poetry slams come from? Meet one of the artists behind the work. Listen below, and leave a comment to be entered to win one of ten $20 BART tickets:

About this project: Meet The Neighbors is an initiative between the Bay Area Rapid Transit and Andrea Baker Consulting with the intention of initiating a conversation about the 16th Street BART plazas and the people (our neighbors) who use and traverse the plaza — sometimes on a daily basis. Oftentimes, we use a place and yet we do not experience it. We don’t stop long enough to see what or who surrounds us, we forget that we are part of a larger community, and we overlook the people we pass by.

The goal is to create an open and inclusive forum for community to get to know their neighbors — from the man who preaches about religion in the morning, to the mom who traverses the plaza as she runs errands with her children, to the store clerk who has been working for 15 years at the adjacent Walgreens. Do we know our neighbors and their stories?

We propose this project as an outlet for open communication. That being said, though you might have a different perspective about the stories of these individuals, and we value your opinions, this page was created so that we can leave those preconceptions behind. Listen and read these wonderful stories with an open mind and heart and let’s “Meet The Neighbors.” Feel free to share your stories and experiences at the 16th Street BART plaza!