I read an article today that featured one of my former clients – The Greater Chatham Initiative.  The article was about “middle neighborhoods” – those neighborhoods that are on the verge of distress yet still believing in themselves and holding onto their history and dignity.  Their muscle memory is alive and well.  They’re neighborhoods ripe with potential.

Communities reflect the people who live there.  You hollow out the people – you hollow out the community.  

So what makes people and communities viable – not just viable – robust?  Alive?  

 Communities are where we live.  Where we work.  Where we play.  They are we.  We are them.

By the way, the Greater Chatham Initiative is doing brilliant work.  It is maximizing community and its people.