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Community Development Ideas to Start Your Thinking Experience shows that most of you need a warm-up exercise before you just jump in to contribute your "best of" this and "best of that" idea or achievement. (If you are the exception to that rule and you are ready now, check out the different sub-topics below, or use links at the right if you're on your desktop or at the bottom if you're on your phone.) For the rest of you, just to start the thought process, we provide some generic community improvement project examples below. You will need to tailor details to your needs, think up more local and creative names for things, and take advantage of local resources. l. Exploit the potential of pop-up businesses and restaurants to meet local needs, help start-ups, and call attention to the possibilities in your neighborhood. A pop-up is a temporary establishment; often building owners who cannot find a permanent tenant will be willing to compromise by allowing a pop-up to occupy space for a weekend or a month or two either free or for a very reasonable rent. This technique can help you identify a healthy mix of businesses to pursue, and may help you find good operators as well. 2. Plan a “Tourist Eye View” day. Encourage businesses, government, citizens, and especially employees in hotels, restaurants, and transportation industries to be especially watchful for needs that tourists might have. Everything from courtesy to ease of obtaining information to appearance and functioning of major walkways can be explored and discussed. 3. Start an Against All Odds campaign to choose and address one of your five peskiest problems. Be honest with yourselves about what those worst problems are, and be sure to include people problems such as addiction, poverty, or lack of education. Then pick one problem and really amplify your community development ideas in that area, even if you appear unrealistic at first. Concentrating your effort, thus converting a problem into an issue, often yields better results than scattering your effort over many major problems. 4. Adopt a color scheme for plantings in a business district, small town, or neighborhood. We know it sounds silly, but it makes a memorable display of unity and cohesiveness. In many places, your neighborhood is in effect competing against others, and if you can become known as the place that always has the red flowers, or the place that has a new color scheme every year, it is a small advantage you should be use in your favor. It’s fun for residents too. 5. Guard your community’s reputation because it impacts whether people want to invest in homes and businesses there, and whether tourists want to visit. If someone says something incorrect about your village, town, neighborhood, or city, even if it’s only on Facebook, be sure to gently challenge and correct poor impressions with factual information. If there is a grain of truth in some negative publicity, address the situation directly and aggressively, and then broadcast your success when the negative has turned positive. 6. Create attractive gateways to your community. Don’t make people wonder “are we there yet?” People think immediately of an entrance sign, but keep in mind that the size and the expense of a marker aren’t as important as whether the gateway feature (which could be a sign, or something else) is creative, memorable, and attractive. Incidentally, soften signs or stone markers with a landscape element, even if only a bit of evergreen shrub.

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