I’m currently staying temporarily in Bed-Stuy, a Brooklyn neighborhood. And having lived in NYC on and off since 2008, this is the first time I‘m feeling a real sense of community in my neighborhood. People say hi to each other on our block. We know (some) of our neighbors and have spent time with them. I’m not sure what makes the difference — and maybe I’m just paying more attention to it than in the past.
One take-way for me personally has been that a “block” is a meaningful unit to look at and build community with. Seems obvious, but for someone who works with distributed global communities, this can easily be forgotten.
Here are a few impressions of what I thought were small, tangible things that really create a sense of community:
1 — A way to meet your neighbors living on the same block. So simple, so powerful.
2 — A way to share resources with other people on the block
3 — visualizing the local community, showing its beauty and diversity.
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