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Turning Neighborhoods Into Communities

ARamthun | July 17th, 2019

From hanging art and family photos to arranging your furniture, you put in a lot of work to make your house a home. What if you could do the same with your neighborhood and make it a fun, welcoming place to gather and connect with those who live around you? The good news: You can, and it doesn’t take a lot of effort.

Here are five simple ideas to transform your neighborhood into a community.

  1. Spend time out front. Whether you sit on your front porch or play with your kids or grand kids in your front yard, simply making yourself visible to your neighbors encourages friendly interaction with those who walk by. You can host unscheduled or informal gatherings in your front yard, too — no RSVP needed.
  2. Take down your back fence. For the times you do want to hang out in your backyard, take down or shorten your fence so that you can socialize with neighbors more easily. If you live next door to a family with young kids, and have kids of your own, you can create a joined play space for double the fun.
  3. Establish a community garden. Find a patch of unused green space in your neighborhood, or plant raised beds in front of your home. Invite your neighbors to help, and let everyone know they are welcome to pick anything they like.
  4. Build a Little Free Library. Encourage conversation by joining the world’s largest book-sharing movement. Neighbors can stop by, share a book they’ve just read, and pick up a new book to read — all in your front yard.
  5. Create a neighborhood directory. If you want to spend more time with your neighbors, it helps to get to know them. Drop off a sign-up sheet at everyone’s front door asking for contact information, birthdays, and fun facts. Then, pass around a final copy. With this information at hand, you can help plan celebrations and other events.

When you’re socially connected within your community, it not only helps you feel better, but it helps those around you feel better, too.

Source: Healthy HometownSM Powered by Wellmark

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