Neighbourhoods leave a lasting impression.
What makes a neighourhood special?
The answer goes far beyond the structure of the community and has a lot to do with the community - a new development, a proposed land use, a new school or place of worship. People attend neighbourhood meetings to learn more about plans that may impact their quality of life, and to support or oppose those changes. On other occasions a support network arises for a family dealing with an illness or loss, fire or robbery which reverberates throughout the surrounding households. Anyone involved in a condo board will also come into contact with fellow residents as they go about their assigned tasks. Volunteering to be a board member is a great way to influence the running of the condominium as well as to meet other owners and tenants.
Happier occasions are often celebrated with impromptu gatherings, especially as the days become longer and the weather nicer. In condominium buildings, the amenities provide opportunities for regular interaction with neighbours.
It has become clear that it is when we come together as - neighbours - that we shape our experience of home. To continue to value this part of my life is essential.