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Written by Aaron Shaver - Community Coordinator

The 8 Elements of a Healthy Community, Part 2

Last month I began a description of eight key elements necessary for a community to be healthy. When considered together, these elements give a holistic assessment of the overall wellbeing of a neighborhood. You can think of them as eight different lenses through which to view the whole picture of a neighborhood, beyond what you can see by driving the streets. Or imagine taking a neighborhood in for a checkup where the doctor looks at these eight things to gauge its health. That’s what this list is for.

In many ways, seven of these elements rely on the eighth more than the others; mutually-enhancing relationships are foundational. After all, if neighbors don’t know the people...