How to Turn a Neighborhood Into a Community
A house is more than just a place to live. It’s more than just four walls and a roof over your head. In the same way, your neighborhood is more than just a collection of houses on the same street – it can be a fun, supportive, and lively community with just a little bit of effort.
Starting a community feeling can be as simple as saying hello to people who walk by your home while you’re gardening or fixing your car, or waving at the people across the street when they come out to pick up their mail. As a society, we’ve become used to minding our own business, but there’s something to be said for taking notice of the people around you and starting with a friendly smile.
Be the Host
Rather than waiting around for your neighbors to invite you over, take matters into your own hands. Invite your neighbors to a casual get together, whether it’s a barbeque or a night of evening cocktails at your home. If you want to reach a bigger audience, reach out to your HOA management company to post a notice to all of the residents in your San Diego community.
Being the first one to step up to host a neighborhood gathering can get the ball rolling, help people form new friendships, and helps to set the tone for a fun and friendly community spirit.
If someone else in your area is hosting an event, make an effort to say yes and attend. You never know who you’ll meet and make friends with, and it shows your gratitude towards the host for the effort that they’re also putting in towards establishing a community feel. It’s often too easy to come up with a long list of all the reasons why you can’t attend an event – you’re too busy, you’re tired, etc., but making a conscious effort to say yes to invitations will go a long way in building a community with your neighbors.
Get the Kids Out
Nothing brings out the community vibe like kids having fun together. Neighborhood kids are usually free from any social hang-ups that adults have and they’re more than happy to play together. Even if you don’t have kids yourself, hosting a kid-friendly event or activity is a great way to promote a sense of community and get people out and having fun together.
A little effort goes a long way in building community spirit and transforming your neighborhood from a place where you live to a place where you thrive and have lasting friendships.