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From a Neighborhood to a Community

Neighborhoods in an urban setting do not naturally allow a sense of community and unity. Developing and building a community in cities brings individuals together to identify a common goal, provides meaningful social connections, strengthen the local pride and resilience, and create a sense of belonging and responsibility. These communities can have a profound and long-lasting effect on the city and be a magnet for new residents seeking tight-knit community life with all the amenities a city has to offer.

In the framework of our Equitable Cities Program, building communities in cities requires:

  • Creating value for existing neighborhoods while newer neighborhoods are being constructed
  • Establishing a community-neighborhood mechanism with an emphasis on public involvement in local decision making and initiatives
  • Implement a communal structure to create and maintain connections between the neighborhood residents
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