Crain's Detroit Business / Nov. 15
Surprisingly, social offerings, openness or how welcoming the community is and its beauty are far more important to Detroit residents than their perceptions of the economy, jobs, basic services, leadership and safety, Gallup said.
Detroit residents pointed to education as a strength of the local community, but their perceptions of both K-12 schools and local colleges and universities are lower this year than in 2009.
At MSN's Real Estate site, MarketWatch's Amy Houk writes:
People like where they live for any number of reasons, but there are several standout qualities that ignite residents' passion for their communities — and how the area is dealing with the recession isn't one of them, according to a report released recently by Gallup and the Knight Foundation.
Meredith Hector, Knight's program director in Bradenton, wrote an op-ed that was published in the Bradenton Herald this morning. Here's a taste:
Soul of the Community is a study of perceptions. Unlike the latest unemployment figures, we can change what people think and how they feel. That is why we can be experiencing one of the worst economic declines in recent memory, and still have a large percentage of residents who love where they live.
Soul is a feeling, feeling deep within
Soul is not the colour of your skin
Soul is the essence, essence from within
It is where everything begins
So declares Van Morrison in “Soul” on his “Keep it Simple” album, released in 2008. That’s the same time the Knight Foundation launched its project to find the “Soul of the Community” in 26 cities, including Bradenton.