Bright Lights Small Community
When you think of a sense of community you probably think of a small town, perhaps the idyllic, even mythic Main Street USA. What you may not realize is that sense of community that exists in the largest cities in the world. It may not exist city-wide but it exists in a every little neighborhood and community that makes up a city proper.
Within an easy walk from my house I can reach a hair salon, grocery store, post office and a host of places to eat from fast food to fine dining. A little bit further, but still in walking distance, is a hardware store, a pet store and a liquor store. I can bike to downtown and the historic section of Philly, and get to a really nice fabric store and yarn store that offer night classes. For the first time in my life I know almost everyone on my street. We say hello to one another, take each other’s packages and take turn cleaning the leaves off the sidewalk.
I wouldn’t have imagined that there would be this sense of community in a city but I guess looking from the outside in you wouldn’t. City people have a hardcore reputation to maintain after all 🙂 Ideally, most of us would probably like to own some land and cultivate it, but the reality is that it’s not possible for all of us now or ever. Is there even enough land in the US for everyone to own 5 acres? Perhaps if we tore up all the concrete but that isn’t going to happen. For those of us who have to work in or near a city or can’t afford land of our own the city is perhaps a greener place to live than the suburbs.
In tough economic times would it not be a better utilization of our resources to green up our cities instead of our suburbs?