Dustan Balkcom loves living in Racine, and he can point out a number of reasons why the city is a great place to live. Tired of hearing about how terrible Racine is from too many, Balkcom launched, “Ask Me Why I Love Racine,” and his positivity project has definitely caught on with residents throughout the community.

Balkcom and his wife are not Racine natives, and he thinks being a transplant gives him a different, perhaps more objective, perspective. He sees the issues, but he also believes that he needs to be the change he wants to see, and he’s inviting everyone to join him.

His AMWILR Facebook page highlights the good things happening throughout the greater Racine area, and to stretch the positive vibe, Balkcom started a public art project on the wood structure protecting the rehab work going on at the 246 Main Street building.

Balkcom and a handful of volunteers braved the rain Monday to paint the wood with chalkboard paint and then invited everyone to stop by and write or draw why they love Racine:


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