The values and vested interest in a community drive its direction. We all have a vested interest in the place we call home, and everyone benefits from the intentional efforts to everyday activities such as working. Every member offers a unique contribution make it a better place to live. Beyond the actions people take in their communities, there is a unique aspect to every city and town. The history and legends, the arts, foods, values, beliefs, and more. There are many aspects that make up the unique whole identity of a community.
The aspects that we value in a community are unsurprisingly one of the things people look for in a new city that they want to call home. It’s the reason people travel and vacation to certain destinations. Howver, you don’t need to always seek the greener grass of another city. Your calling may be to appreciate the community you already live in Take some time to reflect on and appreciate the unique aspects of your own community.
Let’s explore the various aspects of a community.
Culture and History
Every city has its own unique culture and flavor. The people that make up the population shape and influence this overall city culture, as well as the regional history. It’s the reason we travel – to experience the adventure of being in a new place and see new things. A city’s culture comes from its stories, its past, and traditions. It drives the values and morals of a city, and is often their pride.
In a city you can sense the culture and environment. It’s in the art, music, foods, languages, and sounds around you.
Museums are erected and historic buildings preserved to retain the memory of events that once took place. Streets and monuments are named after important families and figures that contributed to the community. How much do you know about your community? It can be very rewarding to take some time to learn about the history and stories behind the places that you see every day.
Sometimes the best way to immerse yourself in the culture is outside of the city. The surrounding areas have an ancient story to tell about the generation that once lived there. There may be ruins and artifacts still standing as a monument to these ancient settlers and societies.
By respecting and understanding the past, we offer ourselves a window into the identity of a community.
Everyone wants to feel the freedom living their own life and to be themselves without being judged. It’s important to most people to live in a city that isn’t judgemental and is receptive to differences of opinion and beliefs.
Many cities are populated by transplants and outsiders from different hometowns, and the overall attitude is often one of acceptance and respect for those differences.
A receptive city is one in which people can make new friendships easily. There is not a hegemonic monopoly over politics and opinion. A city that embraces differences and doesn’t give off a judgement atmosphere has succeeded in receptivity, and has happier residents.
The receptivity aspect begins with civility. Are people decent and respectful to one another? Civility is the basic building block to a receptive community. Civility then expands to even greater community virtues such as charity, hospitality, trust, support, and voluntary contributions. It all starts in a place where the people are receptive and open.
We all pursue something. The city in which we live can either be a place where we thrive toward our pursuits or are stifled from achieving them. Opportunities are one of the most important aspects that people measure in a city. The abundance or lacking of opportunities affect their satisfaction and future decisions. If there are no opportunities, people leave the community for places that have opportunities.
Opportunities can be defined as career pursuits, educational pursuits, hobbies, dreams, lifestyles, aspirations etc. People are forward-looking and driven toward their ambitions, and match them up with whether or not their environment would support them. For a family, opportunities for their children may be the most important factor. Opportunities may be social or economic. They could even be based on fostering certain lifestyles and hobbies.
For some a small town offers a recreational outdoor playground, while big cities feel like a stifling concrete jungle. For others the big city is a place of possibility, meeting new people, and navigating their own way. They may feel that small towns are limited and lacking in the opportunities offered.
Stability and Functionality
You can’t feel safe and secure without stability and functionality. It’s the basic foundation that allows a society to build and grow on.
Stability may be in the form of government services and basic social/physical safety. The economic factors of a city can greatly influence its stability and functionality. A high unemployment rate can create crime or a culture of welfare. When people don’t have employment or a sense of belonging and contribution to their society, it can foster crime.
On the other hand, in a society where people have a sense of belonging, they are more aware of the importance of their contributing role and interdependence in that society. Stability is something that we often take for granted until it’s threatened or removed.
Functionality is also all too often taken for granted. The functionality of our cities in contemporary society are incredible. From Infrastructure to Services.
- Roads and Transportation
- Utilities, Water, Waste, and Energy.
- Food Distribution
- Post and Package Delivery
- Medical Services
- Construction and Housing
- Currency and Trade
The health of a community’s stability and functionality is an important aspect and building block for a place where people can live.
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