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Top 7 Signs of Community: How Does Your Neighborhood Score?

Top 7 Signs of Community: How Does Your Neighborhood Score?

From Experience Life, Intro by Jon Spayde

Real communities help us feel a part of something real, integrated, tangible. They deepen and refine our sense of place, bring out the best in us, and help us recognize, unquestionably, that we belong.

Community has the power to nourish and sustain us in countless ways — many of which science is only just beginning to understand. And for all these same reasons, a sense of community is something worth building, maintaining and holding dear.

Here are the top 7 signs of community. How does your neighborhood score?

1. People use sidewalks and public areas for meeting, conversation and play.

2. Parks are not just pristine green spaces to be admired, but places for use and enjoyment.

3. Pleasant and welcoming community gathering places (coffee shops, plazas) abound.

4. Local businesses, like independent bookstores and restaurants, support community life with bulletin boards, meeting space for local clubs, etc.

5. Auto traffic is not allowed to dominate the neighborhood; traffic-calming devices like speed bumps are in place where needed.

6. Non-elite arts institutions such as community bands, galleries and choirs thrive.

7. There’s ethnic, racial and generational diversity, and low levels of frenzy, anxiety, anger and fear.

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8:56AM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Thanks for the information!

5:16AM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

Thanks for the article.

11:03PM PDT on Mar 14, 2011


9:49PM PDT on Mar 13, 2011

My neighborhood did very well! I guess I'll have to appreciate it more!

7:14PM PST on Mar 10, 2011

Thank you for sharing!

2:26AM PST on Mar 10, 2011

abt 4 outa

5:47AM PST on Mar 7, 2011

Thanks got a 6 out of 7.

6:48AM PST on Mar 6, 2011


6:48AM PST on Mar 6, 2011


12:23PM PST on Mar 5, 2011

6 out of 7 is not bad. :-)

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