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Methods to Identify Neighborhoods

When developing neighborhood boundaries, it is important to define an area where there are common interests and goals and where residents feel they have some affinity with one another. Contiguous geography is an overriding factor. Size can range from 50 to 500 or more households. It is important, however, to be practical; just how many houses do you have the capacity to leaflet? In the end, most neighborhoods are built from common themes or physical characteristics, such as:

  • Cohesive architecture or building stock;
  • Major boundary barriers such as ravines, roadways, open space, land use change;
  • Historical, cultural or ethnic commonality or origin;
  • Shared schools;
  • Original subdivision or collections of subdivisions; and
  • Homeowners associations.