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How to Define Community?

What is a community?

Most people like you and me live and work together in communities. Our world is made up of thousands of communities both large and small. A community is a group of people who live together in a certain place and who have many interests in common. Common Interests include such things as opportunities for the people to work and to trade the products of their labor; the building of schools,churches,libraries,parks and other facilities for common use; good government,and provision for such needed services as fire and police protection,local transportation,water and power.

"A community as it was before" The true meaning of it.

In early times families drew together in groups for protection against wild animals and enemy tribes. Slowly and gradually they learned other uses of community living. By hunting together they could trap and kill a mammoth that would give the community several days supply of meat. Later on they discovered that with many people working together in the main task of farming,others could be freed from this labor to make tools,pots and other needed articles, to build houses and to teach children.

This entire community enjoyed the benefits of this division of labor.

"A community as it is today" What our modern ideas describe it to be.

Today, community living offers many advantages over living entirely alone. Even Western Ranchers who live miles apart have a community interest in providing range and water for their stock. A few individuals and families do find it necessary to live pretty much alone-some lighthouse keepers,forest rangers,and trappers for instance. Some people live entirely alone because they want to be alone. They shun company. And these people are referred to as we call Hermits.

A large number of our people live in country, rural communities composed of farms and villages and small towns. A still greater number live in big towns and cities called urban communities. Big cities are often surrounded by many smaller communities called suburbs. Most cities and suburbs start as rural communities.

"Growing of a Community." As it is of your own.

Some communities want to grow so much that all their efforts are bent on attracting new industries and trade and people.Others strive to remain as they are-To preserve the quite and greenness of the surroundings.They feel that while growth may offer greater material riches,these are not worth the problems that come with crowding.

Regardless of the community we live in-whether its rural or urban or suburban or somewhere in between-we find that it offers certain things to us and our families which we couldn't easily obtain. Through government and volunteer agencies such as the Red Cross, The Scouts, Rotary and other service organizations our community has become a healthier,safer and a pleasant place to live in. Through local laws and co-operative spirit of all its citizens, people of different nationalities, religions and different walks of life are helped to get together as neighbors. Know your community. You may be surprised to find out how much of an interest is there in the past and in the present.

Here is a story on how a Typical Rural Community grew into a Metropolis:-

Just picture yourself standing in a small frontier community as it was 150 years ago. It consists of a number of farms clustered about a village on the bank of a river. The village began when a miller set up a shop to handle grain produced by the farmers. The miller built a landing pier for the trading boats that plied upstream and downstream, so the village was known as the Miller's Landing. Rough wagon roads link the farms with the village. A ferry offers the way across the main stream. In this village is a general store, a blacksmith's shop and a small inn for travelers. It even boasts a one room school house to which farm boys and girls walk from miles around. This building also serves as a community meeting place and also as church which is visited occasionally by a preacher who travels on horseback from place to place. A doctor and a carpenter live in this promising little community of about 200 people.

(Rural communities today are a much similar to that of Miller's landing expect for the main roads are paved for automobiles and the blacksmith's shop has been filled by a filling station or a small garage.Electricity is supplied to the farms and villages from a regional power plant. Telegraph,telephone,radio and television provide closer communication with the outside world. and instead of a one room school children are carried daily by bus or by other means to a consolidated regional schools which serves several communities.)

The village now grows until it becomes a small town. Next we see Miller's Landing fifty years after our first view of it. Its main street is paved in brick and now has a railroad built through the town. The community is also on one of the main wagon train routes to the west , and it now has a small but growing wagon-building industry, a hotel, several kind of stores, a school, three churches and a volunteer fire department. It even has a newspaper that helps to bind people's interests throughout the country side. The town has grown so much that its mayor and councilmen have the name to Millerton. The Farm families living around Millerton have grown and now there are many of them and still a very much a part of this rural community of about 2000 people. The town is their trading center to which they go to sell their produce and to buy town-made goods for their homes.

(Many small towns today owe their very existence to the fact that they are trading centers between people who produce raw material in the farms and those who offer manufactured manufactured goods and services in the towns.)

A City rises,surrounded by new,smaller communities

Here we see Millerton fifty years ago. At the junction of two main railroads it is now a thriving city housing a population of more than 50000 people. It is now a major trading center in this part of country and has several industries including a big flour mill. It now boasts 7 schools,a public library,a professional fire and police department and a well managed hospital.Paved main streets and bridges meet the roads that radiate into the farming country that still surrounds Millerton. Now the homes surrounding are not only the homes of farmers and villagers who deal directly with the farmers and traders but of the city workers who commute to and from their places of business. So here we are at the beginning of suburbs-smaller smaller communities on the outskirts of a big city.

Each is a community of its own right and perhaps with its own local government. But it is closely related to and somewhat dependent on the city. Indeed each community depends upon others and helps others(Towns and cities help the people of the country by providing a market for their products. Rural communities help urban dwellers by supplying them with grain for flour, and other raw materials.)

A Metropolis - A community made up of many smaller communities

As of today we see Millerton to be a city of several hundred thousand persons with a towering skyline of buildings in which a large part of the nations business is done. Railroads,airlines,superhighways converge upon the city. Fleets of barges haul freight up and down the river.

The part of Millerton that were fairly new fifty years ago are now what we call the slums of today. So it seems like a one big cycle. Through careful planning and rebuilding, these worn out sections are now replaced by new apartment and office buildings,schools,parks and playgrounds. Millerton has become a metropolis. The greeks call it " Mother City ". Millerton is the mother city of smaller cities, and other suburban communities surrounding it. West Millerton is a big industrial suburb where airplanes are built. Other suburbs consist mainly of city workers homes,shopping centers, and a few small industries.

There are still farms and villages around Millerton. But now the farmers are no longer big grain producers except they now they raise poultry,fruits and vegetables for the city market. Their lives are tied up with those of others in the society. So the metropolitan area of Millerton has become a community of communities.Each of them have their own special interests, but each are closely bound up with the community of interests as a whole.


Street Talk

I never realized just how quickly communities grow! Just 50 years is enough for it to grow 10-fold! I guess it`s true what they say "more people are alive today than were ever everyone who came before them." Those large paragraphs are a little hard on the eyes- you could break them up into smaller chunks so I can remember what line I`m on!

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  about 9 years ago
  

You Got it.

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  about 9 years ago
Johin  

I hope its all right. with the paragraphs. What do you Say?

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  about 9 years ago

Still gets a little thick in the middle. You probably want to use more bold sub headings to catch the eye. Most readers skim before they read so bold headings will let them know what you offer.

  
  about 9 years ago
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