Small Steps to Creating Community

Ahmed Eid is on a quest to get to know at least 100 of his closest neighbors. Those who participate in this community-building project get access to the photos and short bios that Eid puts on his 100 neighbors website so that they get to know their neighbors too.

In the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC, three neighbors connected their yards to create an urban oasis from a few typically narrow oblong backyard city lots. The children and their pets get a larger place to play within the city; the adults get a more comfortable place to entertain and relax; and the resident gardener gets a bigger palette with which to paint with his green thumb.

Both are examples of small steps people can make to create community where they live, encouraging interaction and building trust.

What are some fun and interesting ways you build community where you live?

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