In Cambridge, England, the unique mix of university students and scholars, long-time residents, and tourists creates a community in constant flux. The town is equipped with the institutions and infrastructure necessary to facilitate community resilience, including widespread bike lanes, the market square open every day of the week, community gardens, and volunteer organisations that provide services to the homeless. However, the voices of Cambridge residents highlight divergent perspectives on what a community is or should be, and how much of a “community” Cambridge really is. Developing a deeper understanding of what a creates a community should be the first step towards building a just, equitable, resilient society.
This booklet captures the experiences of Cambridge residents in response to the question “what makes up a community?” Enjoy.