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"The American Planning Association defines neighborhoods as diverse, dynamic social and economic entities with unique characteristics, which are recognized by residents of both the neighborhood and community at large. Neighborhoods should be recognized as building blocks of overall community development. Local officials and planners must heed opinions and suggestions of people and groups within the neighborhood to create a framework that will enable plans to have a greater chance of being supported and implemented, not at just the neighborhood level, but at the municipal, regional and even state levels." -- American Planning Association, Policy Guide on Neighborhood Collaborative Planning, April 6, 1998.

Within the City of Sioux Falls, there is strong support for neighborhoods and what they represent. Older and newer neighborhoods have similar issues and concerns that can and should be addressed by elected council members and appointed city staff. However, very few neighborhoods have comprehensive plans. Many have an idea of what they like and dislike (housing, crime, parks, traffic) but not a plan for how to accomplish these likes and dislikes.

"Neighborhoods are the strategic building blocks of overall community development. Neighborhood collaborative planning requires understanding of the economic, social and physical characteristics in order to maintain both the sense of place and the sense of community. Neighborhood planning is not consistently found at the municipal level. Very few neighborhoods have plans. Many have piecemeal plans, such as housing plans, business revitalization plans, traffic plans, but not a comprehensive and integrated plan. Unfortunately what is more commonly found is a confusing array of programs, boundaries, staff, and objectives."

"Planning often occurs in response to a problem, for instance a plant closing, siting of a "LULU" (locally unwanted land use), or crime and grime. Residents are tired of endless community meetings where nothing ever seems to happen. Planning is viewed suspiciously as either ineffective or top down, simply telling the neighborhood why the city or other entity is doing something. Planning is not seen as a cooperative effort." -- American Planning Association,

1998 It is therefore a responsibility of the City of Sioux Falls to help assist the citizens of Sioux Falls regarding the importance of neighborhood planning and being neighborly. This can be done formally or informally, at this time we can recommend to you some informal steps that may help you start up and stay an active Neighborhood.

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