Great ways to create a more pleasant community:

1) Challenge the prevailing myth that all problems have private, individualized solutions. 2) Notice how many of life’s pleasures exist outside the marketplace—gardening, fishing, conversing, playing music, playing ball, enjoying nature, and more. 3) Take time to enjoy what your corner of the world offers (As the Brazilian educator Paulo Freire once declared, “We are bigger than our schedules.”) 4) Have some fun . The best reason for making great places is that it will enliven all of our lives. 5) Offer a smile or greeting to people you pass. Community begins with connecting—even in brief, spontaneous ways. 6) Walk, bike, or take transit whenever you can. It’s good for the environment, but also for you. You make very few friends behind the wheel of your car. 7) Treat common spaces as if you own them (which, actually, you do). Pick up litter. Keep an eye on the place. Tidy ...

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