Civic pride brings a community together and makes us feel good about where we live. Besides, it’s people who are at the heart of a vibrant, dynamic city. So, encouraging civic pride in our community is essential for achieving the quality of life. Similarly, it is desired by residents for the maintenance of a healthy city
What actually is Civic pride?
Civic pride means different things to different people. It could be as simple as sweeping a sidewalk, volunteering for a local organization. It may also be discouraging graffiti, buying a box of Persians to share with friends. In fact, saying no to negative comments, shopping in the Waterfront District, helping someone in need, maintaining your yard also be a part of it. Above all, it is about appreciating the existing community and improve it further.
It’s about recognizing traditions and what makes the community unique and working together to make it better.
On a higher level, it is a part of many city departments, encompassing active transportation, progressive urban design, the overall branding of the city, historic preservation and city planning. A well-designed city fosters community and neighborhood development.
When individuals feel a strong sense of civic pride, amazing things happen. They have the drive to take action to improve or support the well-being of the community. Local businesses are kept in business, litter is no more. Not only property values increase but also criminal activity declines. It results in individual responsibility, community improvement, and self-sufficiency.
Cities with a strong sense of Civic pride have happier, more engaged and more involved residents.
Three things that boost civic pride:
1. Redefining success through encouraging civic engagement
2. Encouraging opposed groups to have difficult conversations which create real and positive change
3. Enhancing efficiency and effectiveness through transparency, by opening up valuable information that the public can comment upon and make recommendations about.
Civic pride builds strong community thus it can improve your productivity and helps to achieve financial independence and can foster your early retirement.
What are your ways to boost civic pride?
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