Sunday, August 26, 2007

Mature Neighbourhoods

I've been receiving updates from the Mature Neighbourhoods group (MNAG). It's interesting to see that some people see schools as an essential part of revitalising and maintaining mature neighbourhoods and some don't. I believe neighbourhoods and communities are created and sustained in many ways. Schools are a vital ingredient in community building. There are many studies that show once a school is closed in a community, the effects are measurable and very determental. As we all strive to find solutions to global warming, an obvious one is to walk to school. As soon as we get out of our cars, we find more opportunities to talk to our neighbours, notice changes in our community and increase our investment in our area and each other. In short, we start to build community.

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