What defines a neighborhood? Jim Diers, author of Neighbor Power, Building Community the Seattle Way, says there are some basic characteristics that tend to be self-selecting, and common almost everywhere.
Neighborhood Watch programs are among the best known and most widespread applications of the idea that neighbors can benefit from looking out for one another. Diers sees that as a small step in the right direction, but advocates taking thing much further.
Jim Diers will be the keynote speaker at the Santa Rosa Neighbors Summit Friday evening in the Santa Rosa City Council chambers. Events begin with a free meeting and presentation by neighborhood organizer Jim Diers on Friday evening, Aug. 20, 7-8:30 pm, followed by the working Neighborhood Summit on Saturday Aug. 21, 9:30 am to 2:30 in the Finley Community Center on West College at Stony Point.