True Communities Are…
Parks and public squares full of activities, concerts, and events, with amenities that draw people and families regularly, such as barbecue pits; clean, accessible bathrooms; interesting play areas; food kiosks; water fountains; ponds; sculpture; and movable seating.
Lively, pedestrian-friendly downtowns with a mixture of stores, merchants, services and public spaces. Residential streets encourage slow-moving traffic so that people can come out of their homes to talk, walk, play on the sidewalks, and shop.
Libraries located close enough to schools and neighborhoods that children can walk to them
Playgrounds and recreation facilities that kids can walk or bike to and make it home safely
Schoolyards that give students better places to play, and allow for a diverse range of activities for all community residents after school hours
Farmers markets provide affordable, healthy food and also keep land outside cities under cultivation, encouraging both sustainable agriculture and sustainable urban development.
Sidewalks and crosswalks make it easier and safer to walk to libraries, schools, laundromats, local shops, or downtown retail areas
Institutions that people visit regularly are situated together, making it more convenient to accomplish tasks and participate in activities.