Cohesive communities are beneficial to neighborhoods and their residents in many ways. Individuals are better poised for success and can overcome challenges with the backing of a tight-knit community and strong support systems (Gcphonline, 2014). Though the use of cohesive communities, residents can also protect their communities from outside shocks, influence policy decisions through neighborhood engagement, and lower crime through forming neighborhood watch associations and other groups (World Bank, 2013).
Cohesive communities can be formed around cultural or religious anchors. Associations and buildings can also act as the glue to keep neighborhoods together.
Ivy City residents can also build community bonds through activities at local restaurants, the new distilleries in the neighborhood, or their local Starbucks.
The most exciting community building is still in development. The community center and community garden planned for the Crummell school redevelopment area could prove to be a major community anchor. Perhaps it could act as a bridge between current residents, historical treasures, and future residents and businesses moving to the area.
Gcphonline. (2014, Feb 5). Supporting resilience. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/eHyv_LFXkVU
World Bank (2013, Oct 4). Cohesive communities create resilience. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/lvVHvr4ib24