There’s been a great public response to the release of the 2010 Knight Soul of the Community study, launched on Nov. 15.Headlines gracing the major newspapers reported on their residents’ love for their cities and the potential for economic growth as a result of highly attached communities. The tone of the coverage has been mostly positive with a considerable amount of introspection about what makes a community special and attractive to its residents.
Interestingly, the most press and blogger coverage has come from two communities on nearly opposing ends of the resident attachment scale – Detroit and St. Paul. The interest from Detroit has been overwhelming and mixed. Many people see the opportunity and positivity in the fact that Detroit residents value the area’s aesthetics and colleges and universities highly. Other writers pointed to findings that residents don’t feel young talent is welcome in Detroit and how that may be hurting prospects for attracting new business. To keep the conversation going, there will be a community discussion in Detroit on the Soul of the Community study results Nov. 30, in partnership with the New Economy Initiative.
The response from media in St. Paul has been strong and positive. The common theme in the headlines was that St. Paul residents love their city. And, St. Paul has good reason to be positive – its level of resident attachment increased for three consecutive years, and the community is more attached than its comparison cities of San Jose, Palm Beach and Charlotte. Moreover, commentary was more positive on the link to economic growth, which also applies to the other 25 cities in the survey.
Here’s a sampling of some of the headlines we’ve seen so far. If you’d like to submit your article about Soul of the Community, post the article headline and a link in the comments section.
And from the blogs: