Front Porch Community: Neighborhood Community-Building
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Front Porch Community: Neighborhood Community-Building
A repository of articles, case studies and tips for those interested in fostering a sense of community in their neighborhood.
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31 Ways to Build Community in Your Neighborhood - Denver Dweller

31 Ways to Build Community in Your Neighborhood - Denver Dweller | Front Porch Community: Neighborhood Community-Building | Scoop.it

There are days when my husband and I will go outside for a stroll  and end up at an impromptu neighborhood gathering on the sidewalk. I love this. It’s the sort of thing you just can’t plan. But if you keep showing up and reaching out to your neighbors, this sense of community in your neighborhood happens organically.

With so many positive benefits, we could all stand to strengthen our neighborhood ties. Here’s a month’s worth of strategies for building community in your neighborhood.

 

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Toronto’s chief planner talks about creating a “walkable” city | Active For Life

Toronto’s chief planner talks about creating a “walkable” city | Active For Life | Front Porch Community: Neighborhood Community-Building | Scoop.it
Jennifer Keesmaat believes that being able to safely walk and explore are a big part of what make a neighbourhood great for kids, by offering the freedom they need to become well-rounded, community-minded, street-smart, and aware.
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When Neighborhood Re-Branding Celebrates What's Disappearing

When Neighborhood Re-Branding Celebrates What's Disappearing | Front Porch Community: Neighborhood Community-Building | Scoop.it
"Branding" revamped neighborhoods for a barely past history can feel like a backhanded homage.
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Operation Kid Freedom -- Making Our Communities Safe For Children to Take Risks

Operation Kid Freedom -- Making Our Communities Safe For Children to Take Risks | Front Porch Community: Neighborhood Community-Building | Scoop.it
When I was little, I loved going to the library with my brother. It was in an old mansion across a street and up a steep hill about 200 yards from our house. We would set out on our own with our due-back books -- big kids on the way to the library....
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How the built environment is contributing to childhood obesity

How the built environment is contributing to childhood obesity | Front Porch Community: Neighborhood Community-Building | Scoop.it
A child's health is inextricably linked to the neighborhood in which he or she grows up
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Katherine Correll's curator insight, October 6, 2014 1:06 AM

Let's talk about ways to get kids active and involved in community. What are your communities doing?

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How "Giftivism" Helped Turn a Tough Oakland Street Into a Close-Knit Community

How "Giftivism" Helped Turn a Tough Oakland Street Into a Close-Knit Community | Front Porch Community: Neighborhood Community-Building | Scoop.it
“What if we, in this neighborhood of physical and structural violence, look for the light ... and amplify it?”
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These Stickers Take Neighborly Love to a New Level

These Stickers Take Neighborly Love to a New Level | Front Porch Community: Neighborhood Community-Building | Scoop.it
If you long for the good old days and a little more human connection beyond Twitter and a smartphone screen, there's one inspiring project from Switzerland here to answer your old timey prays.
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Sense of community 'cuts heart attack risk' - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Sense of community 'cuts heart attack risk' - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk | Front Porch Community: Neighborhood Community-Building | Scoop.it
People with good neighbours and strong community ties are less likely to suffer heart attacks, new research suggests.
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Thousands spread smiles, inspiration with sidewalk chalk in every US state and 8 countries on August 19

Thousands spread smiles, inspiration with sidewalk chalk in every US state and 8 countries on August 19 | Front Porch Community: Neighborhood Community-Building | Scoop.it

Once again, on the 3rd Tuesday in August, sidewalks across the nation will be full of colorful, uplifting sentiments as people spend a little time chalking messages of inspiration, joy and love in an effort to make others smile. Over 2,300 people from every state in the US plus Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, India, Mexico and New Zealand will be chalking their sidewalks with positive messages.


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Online groups help neighbors safely buy, sell and trade with neighbors - Houston Chronicle

Online groups help neighbors safely buy, sell and trade with neighbors - Houston Chronicle | Front Porch Community: Neighborhood Community-Building | Scoop.it
Houston ChronicleOnline groups help neighbors safely buy, sell and trade with neighborsHouston ChronicleBut even in such a large group, Allen said there's a sense of community.
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Minneapolis boy invites his neighbourhood to free piano concert, hundreds show up

Minneapolis boy invites his neighbourhood to free piano concert, hundreds show up | Front Porch Community: Neighborhood Community-Building | Scoop.it

A young boy in Minneapolis invited his neighourhood to a free front-porch piano concert. And 400 people showed up. 

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Connections, community, and the science of loneliness

Connections, community, and the science of loneliness | Front Porch Community: Neighborhood Community-Building | Scoop.it
What if our family had lived in a walkable neighborhood? These sorts of places are the ones rich in social networks, which – interestingly – build neural networks.
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Reclaim the streets - your road belongs to you and your neighbours

Reclaim the streets -  your road  belongs to you and your neighbours | Front Porch Community: Neighborhood Community-Building | Scoop.it

Streets make up 80% of the accessible open space in our towns and cities; we need to reclaim these spaces for our communities, argues Finlay MacNab."

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19 badass Little Free Libraries spotted by our readers

19 badass Little Free Libraries spotted by our readers | Front Porch Community: Neighborhood Community-Building | Scoop.it
Tiny libraries made from bicycle parts, painted in Hufflepuff colors, and crafted with stained glass? Knowledge can be dangerous and adorable.
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Need to borrow a chainsaw? This app can help

Need to borrow a chainsaw? This app can help | Front Porch Community: Neighborhood Community-Building | Scoop.it
Peerby connects folks in need of bike pumps and folding chairs with the neighbors who have them.
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Remembering the Human Scale in Walkable City Neighborhoods

Remembering the Human Scale in Walkable City Neighborhoods | Front Porch Community: Neighborhood Community-Building | Scoop.it

"Have you ever noticed how those of us who promote walkable, "smart growth" city neighborhoods often choose historic districts to illustrate what we advocate?"

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I love Rochester, MI, and grew up 5 minutes from the downtown!

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Does Your Neighborhood Pass the Trick-or-Treat Test?

Does Your Neighborhood Pass the Trick-or-Treat Test? | Front Porch Community: Neighborhood Community-Building | Scoop.it
Every neighborhood I've lived in has rocked it out when it comes to Halloween. Each place feels like it was made for this time of the year and especially for trick-or-treating on Halloween night. First Brooklyn Heights, then Westmount in Montreal, and now West Hills in Lawrence, Kansas. All of these neighborhoods happen to be great places to trick-or-treat. And according to the trick-or-treat test, that means they're quite likely examples of good urban design:
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How an Oven Changed the Fate of a Neglected Toronto Park

How an Oven Changed the Fate of a Neglected Toronto Park | Front Porch Community: Neighborhood Community-Building | Scoop.it
Thorncliffe Park is now home to North America's first public tandoor oven, thanks to the efforts of local activists.
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"[T]he organizing power of mothers in a neighborhood that's full of young families..."

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How to give a community a soul

How to give a community a soul | Front Porch Community: Neighborhood Community-Building | Scoop.it
Charming neighborhoods are not magic. They can be developed with smart public policy.
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Why You Should Get to Know Your Neighbors

Why You Should Get to Know Your Neighbors | Front Porch Community: Neighborhood Community-Building | Scoop.it

"Social connection at the neighborhood level has long been known to be associated with good mental health, and some aspects of physical health."

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Program to rent tools gets off the ground - Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Program to rent tools gets off the ground - Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber | Front Porch Community: Neighborhood Community-Building | Scoop.it
Program to rent tools gets off the ground Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber The city of Seattle is home to three such libraries, including one of the oldest and most successful in the country, the Phinney Neighborhood Association Tool Library, which...
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Building community one box at a time

Building community one box at a time | Front Porch Community: Neighborhood Community-Building | Scoop.it
In one of the city’s neighbourhoods most known for its friendly atmosphere, a new phenomenon is springing up to boost this perception – swap boxes.
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Meet Your Neighbors Without Seeming like a Crazy Person

Meet Your Neighbors Without Seeming like a Crazy Person | Front Porch Community: Neighborhood Community-Building | Scoop.it

"Just because delivering a Jell-O mold to welcome a newcomer to the block is creepy doesn’t mean you’re destined to live a lonely, anonymous life in your neighborhood. Kit Hodge is the founder of Neighbors Project, a group dedicated to inspiring people to enjoy and improve their neighborhoods. Meeting the neighbors takes a little effort, she says, but there’s no need to resort to wobbly desserts."

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Can Murals Change a Neighborhood?

Can Murals Change a Neighborhood? | Front Porch Community: Neighborhood Community-Building | Scoop.it
In New York's Brownsville community, a large-scale art project aims to do more than just beautify.
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