Practicing community. Personalness.



In a “walkable community” one can easily walk to Village Hall and bring up a problem before a civil servant.


However, it's difficult for most civil servants to directly deal with problems presented them as they do not have the authority and often the knowledge to deal with the problem at their level. Yet the problem may not be considered as a higher level one.


One of my readers has indicated that he wrote to an elected official about an over night parking and safety problem in May and hasn't received any sort of response. The letter should have been passed on to the right official for a response and then followed up.


As a result this Shorewood resident believes that he has become “invisible” in his own community. I'm not sure of the problem but will be in contact with him as he has appealed to me.


He used the term “invisible”. One of the aspects of community is that members are made to feel a part of what is going on. Community is more likely in relations with other members than even those who seek one's business. Government employees seldom seem to be seeking your business.


How personal has buying groceries at big box establishments become, especially when checking out? This is being faced directly by installing self-checking out machines. 'Can't talk to a machine, although it talks to you. How about filling prescriptions at chain drug stores.


I've seen elderly in stores and walking on the street who act as they might be “invisible.” What could be worse, starvation, dying of an incurable disease, acute loneliness?


Those of us talking about community should be doing more than shallow advertising, we should be looking into ways of actually practicing community.

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