A Gallup and Knight Foundation study of the Bradenton area and 25 other U.S. communities has found that emotional attachment to the Bradenton MSA (which includes Sarasota and Venice) is the highest of all communities surveyed, according to “The Soul of the Community” survey. The study pinpointed the region’s social offerings (fun places to gather), openness (how welcoming a place is) and aesthetics (an area’s physical beauty and green spaces). Researchers are investigating whether emotional connection to place where one lives drives economic growth. Residents and leaders can explore the findings during a town hall meeting at 5 p.m. Oct. 8 at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Selby Auditorium. Register at www.sarasota.usf.edu/ippl or call (941) 359-4602. For complete survey findings on Bradenton, visit www.soulofthecommunity.org/bradenton.
Sure, Miami's got lousy drivers, questionable manners and one of country's most depressed real estate markets. Yet despite its drawbacks -- not to mention the recession -- residents of Miami-Dade say they love this city more than ever.
To be more precise, they're expressing a greater level of attachment to this community, according to the ``Soul of the Community'' three-year study conducted by Gallup and funded by the Knight Foundation.
The USA's teetering economy is a top concern for millions of people, but it has had little effect over the past year on how connected they feel to where they live, a survey shows.
Rather, the findings, released today by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, suggest that three other factors bind people to their communities, much as they did last year:
Despite the widespread pain caused by the economic downturn, Santa Clara County residents generally remain positive about their local parks, the quality of education here and the openness with which immigrants and members of minority groups are treated, according to a Gallup survey being made public today.
The Soul of the Community survey — the second year in a three-year study financed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation — also found the 400 people interviewed by phone this year were more upbeat about some things than last year's survey respondents.
Based upon a scoring system Gallup devised for comparing this year's responses with last year's, Santa Clara County scored higher this time in the perceived extent of civic involvement by residents, the availability of basic services — especially affordable housing — and the community's general well-being.