Knight Soul of the Community Logo (Photo credit: Knight Foundation)View the attached videos from Knight Gallup about the research they did on 25 cities and what makes residents attached to their communities. When residents like where they live -- the city benefits economically.
Also read the study that was done on Long Beach by this organization by clicking here. Three major drivers make a community thrive: openness, aesthetics and social offerings -- places to gather.
As we consider the devastating budget cuts proposed by the Mayor and City Manager, we need to keep in mind what are we doing to the character of this city and ask ourselves: are we driving away those residents who are attached to the city because we are taking away those drivers that kept them here?