It’s late…and I’ve had too much to think – 8/28/06
August 28, 2006
What differentiates a city from community?
A city is a place. A community is the people.
A city is limited by legal boundaries. It’s filled with buildings, trees and streets.
A community is limited only by it’s heart, it’s soul and it’s vision. It’s diversity of nationalities, ages, sizes and talents can be overwhelming at times.
A city has rules and ordinances that change according to the whims of those in power.
A community has its ebbs and flows, but it has a heartbeat that permeates its every action. It has a value system that is immutable.
A city is run by political compromises and deals with daily power struggles. It’s selfish – what’s in it for me.
A community seeks consensus, builds bridges and seeks what’s good for all. It’s selfless – what’s in it for us.
A city can easily be left behind for greener pastures.
A community stays with you forever.
We each have to decide if Pensacola is a city or a community.