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From the Wall Street Journal:
People like where they live for any number of reasons, but there are several stand-out 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 Tuesday by Gallup and 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:
From Prairie Business:
Grand Forks area-residents have grown more emotionally attached to their community in the past year, a new report from the Knight Foundation found.
Perceptions about the beauty of the area’s parks, its nightlife, the quality of its elected officials, participation in elections and even that people care about one another all improved.
From the Sun Herald:
BILOXI — As bad as the economy has been, it doesn’t have much to do with the way people feel about the places where they live, according to a new study conducted in Biloxi and 25 other U.S. cities.
Instead, the study commissioned by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation revealed that residents put far more value in other things when judging their communities. Chief among them are social offerings, how open or welcoming a community feels, and how eye-appealing it is.
“While the pain of the recession is deep, other factors far outweigh economics when it comes to determining how emotionally attached people are to their communities,” said Warren Wright, managing partner of the Gallup polling organization.
Results of “The Soul of the Community Study,” which was launched in 2008, were compiled by Gallup and released Monday by the Knight Foundation. Conclusions were gleaned from 15-minute telephone interviews by Gallup researchers with nearly 14,000 people in 26 cities.
From the Wichita Eagle:
Wichita residents are feeling less positive about the community than a year ago, according to new study results.
The second year of the three-year Gallup/Knight Foundation "Soul Of the Community" survey shows our sense of passion and loyalty to the community has slumped.
From the San Jose Mercury News:
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.
From the Miami Herald:
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.
From the Sun News:
Grand Strand residents are extremely concerned about the economy, but it doesn't change how they feel about their community, a study released today shows.
Unemployment is the top concern, according to The Soul of the Community study by the Knight Foundation and Gallup polling. The project attempts over three consecutive years of surveys to show how attached people are to their communities and what binds them.
Myrtle Beach area residents are a little less attached to the place than those surveyed last year, but still far more attached than people in the other 25 cities surveyed.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
Out today is a first-of-its-kind "Soul of the Community Study," which looks at the things "that emotionally bond residents to where they live," and how they relate to the community's economic activity. Topping the list, according to the study of residents in 26 cities nationwide, are "social offerings" (entertainment venues, places to meet), an atmosphere of welcoming and openness, and aesthetics, including green space.
From the Duluth News Tribune:
A survey released Monday shows many Duluth-area residents are nervous about the future, but they feel attached nonetheless to their city.
When asked to assess the local economy, 90 percent of respondents rated it as poor. And 49 percent said a lack of employment opportunities is the greatest problem facing their community.