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Complete Community Challenge

How complete is your community? It is time to investigate just how sustainable your community is by taking part in this challenge!

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Plan

  • What do you think a complete community means? 
  • What are some services that must be included in a community?  
  • Should services and buildings from the same group be all together, or should the community have mixed land use throughout (should all housing be together, all retail be together) 
  • If the community wanted to expand, should they build up (through apartments, condos) or out (through single family homes) 

Do

  • In pairs or small teams, brainstorm a list of services that you need to have in a city. These are the services that must be present (this is the idea of a complete community- having access to everything).  
  • Next, identify which ones you have seen or know are present in your community. If you see something missing, or think something needs to be added, use a map of the community to write out where you would add the building/service.  
  • Explain why you think this should be added or removed.

Review

  • Overall, how complete was your community without changing anything? 
  • How realistic are your changes? Could your city actually make these changes? 
  • Often, complete communities are not car dependent, meaning many things are within walking range, or within the range of transportation. Is this the case with your community? How can walking and transit be better incorporated? 
  • Did you remove anything? What did you remove and why? 

Keep it Simple

Focus on a small part of your city or community, rather than the whole thing.

For Virtual-Use virtual maps and tools to plan your complete community. Make use of breakout rooms to allow small teams to work together. 

Take it Further

Elevate this activity by dividing your community into sections and assigning these to small groups. Ensure the groups are communicating with each other to avoid overlapping features, but edit their individual sections enough so they are self-sustaining.