December 20, 2010

Q&A, Knight Soul of the Community Findings (4/5)

Jon Clifton, Katherine Loflin and Paula Ellis field questions from community leaders and media at launch of Knight Soul of the Community 2010 findings.


Video 4 of 5.

December 20, 2010

Katherine Loflin interprets 2010 Knight Soul of the Community Findings (3/5)

Katherine Loflin, lead consultant, interprets Soul of the Community 2010 findings at Gallup Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Video 3 of 5.

December 20, 2010

Video: Jon Clifton introduces 2010 Knight Soul of the Community Findings (1/5)

Jon Clifton, Deputy Director of Gallup World Poll, introduces Knight Soul of the Community 2010 Findings at Gallup Headquarters in Washington DC.

Video 1 of 5.

November 29, 2010

'Money’s Not Everything: Surprise City Poll Results'

By Neal Peirce of, Nov. 25, 2010:© 2010 Washington Post Writers Group

Could it be? That there’s a smarter way for cities and towns to bolster their local economies and tax bases?

We know the old and familiar way — grant tax subsidies or other special favors to nail down new office or factory prospects. Local tax bases take a hit and all taxpayers end up subsidizing the favored businesses.

November 15, 2010

Study: Loving Where You Live May Help Your Local Economy

Paula Ellis

In the digital age, where one can easily connect with likeminded people half a world away, technology is redefining the concept of “community.”

So at Knight Foundation, with its focus on community building, we wanted to ask: Does a sense of place really matter anymore?

As it turns out, place does matter greatly – and could have an impact on the local economy.

November 14, 2010

How can communities use a new Gallup-Knight survey to avoid brain drain?


In this interview, Knight Foundation consultant Katherine Loflin talks about real steps communities can take – from widening sidewalks to improving a city’s social venues – to help residents become more attached to where they live. As a result, communities can become more attractive to young, college-educated workers that cities need to continue to thrive, said Loflin, whose remarks stem from the findings of the Soul of the Community survey.

September 30, 2009

Smaller U.S. cities generate more loyalty and passion -

From Gallup:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A new Gallup study of 26 American cities, conducted in conjunction with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, finds that residents of smaller cities such as Boulder, Colorado, and Charlotte, North Carolina, are more likely to recommend their city as a place to live than residents of larger cities such as Philadelphia and Detroit. Overall, residents in Bradenton, Florida, were the most likely to recommend their city, while residents in Detroit and Gary, Indiana, were the least likely.

September 30, 2009

The top three things that make people love where they live

Matt Thompson is Knight Foundation's Interim Online Community Manager. He edits the Soul of the Community blog.

Image courtesy of Pink Sherbet Photography on Flickr.

Over the past two years, we've asked almost 28,000 people from all over the U.S. how they feel about their communities. Are they satisfied with where they live? Would they recommend it to others? Is it perfect for folks like them? Are they proud to live there?

September 25, 2009

Why a tanking economy doesn't really affect attachment

When we embarked on the second year of the Soul of the Community study, the American economy was entering a significant downturn, as you know. So one of the questions on the minds of our researchers was whether the economic decline would factor into attachment. Many of us assumed that it would play a part, and that the hardest-hit cities would see a corollary decrease in attachment.

September 25, 2009

What happened to social capital?

If you're like me, the phrase "bowling alone" conjures up vivid memories of undergrad sociology lectures about Robert Putnam and his popular 1995 essay. Putnam traced a decline in civic engagement to shifts in technology, including an increasing attachment to isolating media such as television and video games.

Discover the soul of your community

Great schools, affordable health care and safe streets all help create strong communities. But is there something deeper that draws people to a city – that makes them want to put down roots and build a life?

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