Invite Your Neighbors to a Driveway Social
Unlike European cities, most American cities were designed to maximize the efficient movement of people (to and from work). This narrow focus on efficiency has resulted with many cities having few public places (squares, plazas, etc) where people can casually meet and nurture friendships and acquaintances. Consequently, we have fewer opportunities to get to know those people that live within our reach and, for many; this lack of contact can lead to a more solitary and lonely existence. Conversely, people that are socially connected within their community tend to be happier, healthier and live longer. Additionally, active communities present a less attractive target for criminals. So it appears that the ticket to a happier existence and a safer community is a more active and connected community. Now how do we create it?
To help create more opportunities to casually meet (considering the sparsity of public spaces in many cities) we suggest that during spring, summer and fall that residents organize and convert their driveways to Saturday morning coffee and donuts get-togethers. We refer to these gatherings as Driveway Socials. Here's how to start:
Here are some suggestions for the day of the gathering:
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