Collective action by residents, institutions, and businesses will ensure a neighborhood will compete well with other neighborhoods for resources. Residents will have the capacity to manage the day to day activities on their blocks. Neighbors will feel comfortable being "neighborly" – looking out for each other, getting together to work on problems, taking action to reinforce positive standards and actions, etc. Neighbors will feel safe in the neighborhood.
Healthy neighborhoods address concerns and problems as they arise.
Unhealthy neighborhoods feel powerless, overwhelmed, and apathetic.