The mission of A Neighborhood Place is to assist neighborhoods/communities in the creation of community spaces; spaces that will serve not merely as places of activity, but as centers for the building of a new social fabric that will transform our isolation into connectedness and caring. The work of A Neighborhood Place will be shifting our conversations from the problems of community to the possibility of community.
A Neighborhood Place is not a cookie-cutter template for area recreation centers or meeting spaces. Our focus is in assisting community-oriented non-profits find the shapes and types of spaces they need and then find the resources required to build/remodel/re-purpose them.
The key to creating or transforming community, then, is to see the power in the small but important elements of being with others.
Peter Block, Community: The Structure of Belonging. Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Kindle Edition.
The principle of participation: All decisions about to build, and how to build it, will be in the hands of the users.Christopher Alexander The Oregon Experiment. Oxford University Press.