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