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…Coming together to clean is an example of an attitude of choosing to love the neighborhood. Whether tending your garden or clearing litter on Amazon Creek, neighbors are nurturing community, growing bonds with one another, and a loving attitude makes the work easier to do. Cultivating that attitude of love for the neighborhood is a good basis for relating with one another and with our environment.

Awareness of the neighborhood is a learning process. Being aware of what makes a livable community is a first step. Important features are needed, like safe streets, healthy trees, natural drainage of storm-water, plus nearby services and businesses to provide for our daily needs. Good relationships with one another and feeling safe are important—especially for children walking to school, for the elderly and people with impairments, and for the unhoused and people who feel marginalized.

Click here for the full article by River Road’s Carleen Reilly.

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