neighbor\hood (govt)

on govern\ment ness – via neighborhood

imagine heavy global light local ness (so many saying this now don’t know who to attribute) – so that the neighborhood listens/knows/plays deeply together. enough. to maintain a commons mentality/actuality/equity.

ie: 2 needs (attachment and authenticity) addressed everyday. be\cause you are there/here/face-to-face/together. with local awareness/community/culture.

then perhaps some city-wide multiple/rotating mayor\ish function (unpanel-style)

emergent/fluid/stigmergic/chaordic/….. antifragile

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some ie’s/initiatives:

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[boston, ma]

dudley street neighborhood initiative (community land et al):

Community land trusts create housing that is permanently affordable. And they also help new city farmers get land.

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[fremantle, w australia]

Shani Graham – hulbert st (ecoburbia):

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[loveland, co]

Channing et al (west indies)neighborhood in our local (loveland) paper (and in a book):

soup night


Their block parties now draw 65 to 100 people. Canopies are set up along the street. Neighbors barbecue, play games and watch movies on a big screen.

” I’ve had a lot of friends over when we were having soup nights and it was amazing because they would say, ‘You can do this? I want my neighborhood to be like this. You actually know your neighbors, I don’t even know what they look like,'” said 14-year-old Satori Bahus-Meyer, who attends the evening gathering with her parents, Mary Bahus-Meyer and Channing Meyer.

Goldstein said that she had friends when she lived elsewhere but not like this. “This is so much more involved. It’s that small-town kind of feeling, but it’s safe,” she said. “It’s that feeling that there are so many people that come in and come out of your life but right now, it’s our time to be together.”

The neighbors watch out for each other’s children and house-sit when families are away.

Roger Tropf says it takes him an hour to walk two blocks because he chats along the way.

“It goes back to the ’40s, ’50s where TV wasn’t a place where you sat around all night long playing video games or whatever,” he said. “You walked around the neighborhood. It’s that ’50s feel. We all care about each other, we’re all able to share and help each other.” When he was in the hospital a few years ago, his wife put out an email, and they had neighbors immediately shoveling the sidewalks and driveway.

Mary Bahus-Meyer added that any neighborhood can do this by breaking down boundaries and sharing a bowl of soup.

Stuckey quoted Wirsich Roberts in her book as saying, “Everyone needs support and friendship; everyone. I believe that if everyone had a soup night to go to, there would be no more crime, no more war. I really do believe that.”

on fox news:

soup night in loveland

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The Providence Journal: A modest proposal for saving America’s cities

Original Tweet:

Atlanta encourages civic engagement through Neighborhood Planning Units. 


from Steven Johnson’s emergence

p 91

neighborhoods are patterns in time… no one wills them into existence single-handedly; they emerge by a akind of tacit consensus: teh artist go here, teh investment bankers here, mexican-amiercans here, gasy and lesbians here…

well kind of.. sans labels.. rather via curiosities.. via hosting-life-bits et al

neighbor hood govt ness



neighborland – sticky notes – i want this in my neighborhood – [one founder in boulder, others in ca?]

neighborhood hotel/uni – [hamburg, germany]

city of neighbors – [baltimore, md]

nextdoor – [building the facebook of neighborhoods]

commons (food, commons transitions, et al)

city sketchup [loveland, co]

Mr Rogers

baltimore – city of neighborhoods – [elijahderay (bb if mayors ruled)]


living spaces

city ness





a people experiment