Why Does a Neighborhood Need a Neighborhood Organization?
- Various factors help a neighborhood to gain a sense of identity and feel a need to organize and develop a neighborhood organization.
- Changes in adjacent land use for such things as the location of a new school, shopping center, library or roadway
- The need for neighborhood improvements such as additional street signage, lighting, etc.
- The need to control crime or other such disturbances
- Common design or architectural themes, such as in a historic district
- Or just the normal aging process of a neighborhood
- Facilitate meeting the neighborhood’s common goals
- Empower a neighborhood to control what happens in the area
- Provide the neighborhood with an effective communication link with local government officials and other influential groups
- Help members work for the preservation and improvement of the neighborhood
- Let members take part in the decision-making process that directs the neighborhood’s actions
- Can plan social activities for the neighborhood.
Information reprinted from the “How to Organize and Maintain a Neighborhood Association” guide distributed by the City of Tallahassee, FL Neighborhood Services Center.