GOOD’s “Neighborhood Manifesto”
City slickers love telling everyone what neighborhoods they live in. It’s become a kind of shorthand for what sort of person they are, what they value, where they like to hang out. It makes sense: As small as the world has gotten, it’s still really big, and carving out a little piece of it that feels familiar and pride-worthy is a basic human urge.
But forget for a second where your apartment is, and think about the blocks that surround it, the guy one door down you’ve never spoken to, the people you mill around at the flea market or pass in the bike lane on your way to the grocery store. You probably have as much in common with them as you do with your friends, but you’ve never even met.
Now, if you’ve read my blog (TB3N) for any time now, you’ve seen me advocate for more lively neighborhoods more than once. At it’s base, what they said above is 100% true. We do tend of generalize people, even within our own community, based upon where they live.
Does your block have something to say about you?
Or do you have something to say about what your block really is?
The first step is getting out there and finding out the truth and seeing what you can do to be more involved.
The first step to building a better neighborhood is the step out your front door.
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