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Lope Gutiérrez-Ruiz

Founder / Co-Director, The Gopher Illustrated


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What do organized communities achieve more efficiently than government? What could they achieve?"

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  • Oct 7 2011: I'm new to this concept, but very interested in how it might apply to improving the overall health of a neighborhood or community. To Lope's questions, I would think that organized communities could very quickly determine what their priorities are and find creative and affordable ways to address those issues. Additionally, because they are organized they can advocate for what they might need from the government (walkability / bikeability design, etc.). It seems that an easy way to increase this type of organized community effort is for government to fund community coordinators/facilitators to help begin and facilitate the conversations and coordinate the work that results.

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