Community, in different human contexts, can be based on interest, action, plan, practice and circumstance. Many of the world’s current and emerging issues are experienced at the neighbourhood and household level. Not all neighbourhoods’ and households’ experiences are the same, from shocks to the economic, social, and ecological environment because of geographical location, equity, different historical trajectories, equality and so forth.
Aggregating the different dominant national or regional issues to represent the challenges experienced at the neighbourhood level is flawed. Different neighbourhoods have different needs depending on their physical location, proximity to economic opportunities, access to resources (water and land), employment profile, and sense of place. These issues give rise to many social, economic, and environmental impacts that positively or negatively affects neighbourhoods through feedback loops.
Many neighbourhoods can and have become isolated from district and regional development. There is growing interest to restore and develop neighbourhoods, improve collaboration between and within neighbourhoods and to create an alternate future where these communities can foster an environment and social dynamic that improves conditions to the household and individual level.
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