True Community / by Jim Hodapp

This couldn't capture my experience any better and so I had to share it! These are words from Andy Howard who runs the Downtown Phone Repair in City Market.

What does “community” mean to you?

"I grew up in the suburbs and still have friends and acquaintances living there. They drive in and out of their garages, spend their entire Saturday tending their yard, and barely know their neighbors. In contrast, every time I’m on the Cultural Trail, at the coffee shop or hanging out at the park, I know someone. If I don’t know them, I find out who they are. My social network since moving to a downtown neighborhood has become so rich and connected, I can’t imagine life without it. That is community. The things the community does together–decorate traffic signal boxes, support local shops, paint the equipment at the park–that creates place."

Check out the full interview here: