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Neighborhood Management Strategies

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.   

Take the Neighborhood Management Test to assess your neighborhood management level.

Strategies to Get Neighbors Working Together

  • Organize a Neighborhood Association, Crime Watch or Hobby Club.
  • Research and apply for small grants to implement projects that you have developed as a neighborhood.
  • Organize annual social events.
  • Create a community garden.
  • Recognize the beautification efforts of neighbors.
  • Form a committee to meet and greet new neighbors with welcome packets.

Strategies to Increase Sense of Safety

  • Organize a neighborhood Crime Watch
  • Cultivate relationships among neighbors
  • Set up a nightly neighbor-walk schedule to keep an "eye on the street" and to check on neighbors who would like it.
  • Turn on the porch light in the evening 

Strategies to Cultivate Neighborhood Leadership

  • Attend Garland Neighborhood Management Academy Classes 
  • Enroll your Crime Watch in Citizens on Patrol
  • Model the behavior you would like to see among neighbors
  • Volunteer to serve on a city board
  • Volunteer at the neighborhood school