There were small efforts that popped up across the city this year. Like the talk on 'Sterling Road Histories' hosted by two women who have lived long years in that area.
They even got a senior Railway family who live in a colonial bungalow on the Railways sprawling property on this road in Nungambakkam.
These bungalows are bound to go some day soon; unless there is a quiet campaign that reaches the union railway minister, to save them and restore them and give them a new life.
The big effort was in the north Madras area of Vysarpadi where a few people joined hands with volunteers and social workers and linked up with other city groups to highlight the good things of life here.
The community had thought of this event to showcase the plus points of Vysarpadi which is often in the news for gore, crime, scandals and gangs.
The events may have been small and simple but they launched what could be an annual Vysarpadi Celebration.
Sadly though, this year too there were very few events in north Chennai.