The Nature of Community
Robert D. Warren*
The idea of the American community is deceptively simple, provided that one will not require a strict definition. The term evokes a rich imagery associated with the " country village, " the " little town, " or the " big city" of an before day. Pops into their heads the country village's Main Road, with its many stores and post office, plus the streets, homes, and grass that right away surround that in the environment of an covering prairie, dairy-farm country, or forest. A single recalls the trail that traverses the five, ten, or twenty milesВ—seldom more besides in the Considerably WestВ—connecting it with a small city. Throughout the small city is a greater population, a better variety of shops and solutions, a daily paper, a series of low cost establishments serving surrounding towns, perhaps a college or college or university, a hospital, a number of companies. Or one imagines the larger city with its concentration of men and women, its burgeoning suburbs, its businesses, medical center, museums, shops, and papers that serve a large section of the state or simply parts of several states. Pops into their heads places significant and small , and places whose appearances reflect the specialized industrial or other capabilities they execute, places that vary with climate and topography, together with the origin from the people who initial settled or later migrated there, with diverse background traditionsВ—places that differ from one another in a number of ways and yet with very much in common. Thinking about the American community can be deceptively basic, as long as a single does not require a rigid description. The term evokes a abundant imagery associated with the " nation village, " the " small town, " or maybe the " big city" of your earlier working day. One thinks of the region village's Main Street, using its several shops and mailbox, and the roads, houses, and lawns that immediately surround it inside the setting of an enveloping prairie, dairy-farm region, or forest. One recalls the road that traverses the five, five, or twenty milesВ—seldom more except inside the Far WestВ—connecting it which has a small metropolis. Here in the tiny city is known as a larger inhabitants, a greater variety of shops and services, a daily newspaper, a number of wholesale institutions serving encircling villages, maybe a college or university, a hospital, numerous industries. Or perhaps one imagines the larger town with its focus of people, their burgeoning suburbs, its businesses, medical center, museums, department stores, and newspapers that serve a huge section of the state of hawaii or perhaps elements of several claims. One thinks of spots large and small , areas whose performances reflect the specialized industrial or different functions they will perform, spots that vary with climate and topography, with the beginning of the people that first settled or after migrated presently there, with various history and traditionsВ—places that vary from each other within a dozen methods and yet with much in common. One thinks of areas, large or small , as clusters of folks living in distance in an area containing stores and other services facilities to get the nourishment of residents and industrial sectors whose create is given away throughout a much wider place. Surrounding this kind of concentration of people there is usually a much bigger geographic place, which is the effective " service area" of that place and whose size may differ according to types of " services. " Several criteria thought to characterize areas include a particular population living within a particular geographic place with shared institutions and values and significant interpersonal interaction.... Standard Transformations in Communities
Recent many years have seen an arresting modification in American community life. The growth of enormous metropolitan things, including the mushrooming of and surrounding suburbs and the modification of the central cities, has received wide interest. But also in small communities outside of the metropolitan complexes, changes take place which make older concepts of community...