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Barn raising in suburbia

“Be the change you want to see in the world” so often gets lost in abstractness. In your own neighborhood it is concrete the instant you step out your front door. Finding “home” in urban sprawl Can you point to

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7 easy steps to build community through your Realtor

What if you knew your neighbors before you moved in? Prioritizing relationships over personal preferences Most buyer’s come to me with a home shopping approach of “personal preference” first: How many bedrooms do I want? What kind of flooring do I

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How to make neighborhood involvement fun

My first neighborhood meeting kind of stressed me out. Before arriving I had images of a dreamy potluck style gathering inside a cozy room full of mutual understanding, and neighbors making decisions by group consensus. Instead, it was more of a

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Why neighborhood bumper stickers will improve your city

Anyone can put a bumper sticker on their car. It puzzles me why more neighborhoods don’t embrace them. Neighborhood bumper stickers cultivate a sense of belonging, and are an easy way to get involved without heavy commitment–you might not be ready

Posted in A Pattern Language, Community Building, Neighborhood

How to use social media to get to know your neighbors

Do you struggle finding that balance between relationships “in-the-cloud” and relationships on the ground? You are not alone. Yes, social media sites make you feel more connected and prove to be social outlets for many. But they also distract from

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What socks taught me about my neighborhood

Socks flirt with the boundary between the seen and the unseen. And when they unveil themselves they tell a story: the already-but-not-yet; the hidden revealed; the silver lining. When worn with pants and shoes you don’t see them right away.

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