“Community must be defined as collection of human relationships rather than as a defined real estate space.”
Where is community located?
To build an extraordinary destination community, we must realize our residents and visitors want to belong to a community rather than simply be a consumer. We must create the seeds for citizenship. We are often faced with a culture of community consumers not a group of contributing citizen community builders.
I spent 18 years living and working in the North Carolina High Country in the Blowing Rock, Beech Mountain and Linville triangle. In this area, there was a proliferation of communities being built to meet the in migration, second home and rental housing demand. Many of these were very well done creating a community personality that added to the cultural richness of the community. While these were clearly defined areas they were relatively porous allowing exchange of communication, ideas, and commonality. These communities were generally considered to be good engaged neighbors.
Other communities developed into isolationist monocultures that were generally…
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