“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
Omaha is a collection of neighborhoods. Some of them began as cities in their own right – Benson, Dundee, Florence, South Omaha. Anchored by church and school and supported by fledgling businesses and services, they forged a strong sense of community that’s still evident today.
Neighborhood Omaha , one of Omaha by Design’s four areas of emphasis, seeks to preserve and enhance the diversity of the city’s neighborhoods. Its focus is on bringing or re-introducing that sense of community to all areas of the city, no matter their history or age. It also reaffirms the principle of landmark and historic district preservation. The neighborhood alliance concept, as outlined in the Urban Design Element, empowers smaller sectors of the city to band together and take an active role in the future of their community. The Benson-Ames Alliance, the first city-sponsored alliance, is managed by Omaha by Design. Three additional alliances – Destination Midtown, the North Omaha Development Project and the South Omaha Development Project – are managed by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce.
Neighborhood Omaha projects demonstrate the willingness of individuals and small groups to take responsibility for making their neighborhoods better places. A sense of neighborhood pride is a powerful thing. It can inspire people to tackle projects or devise solutions to problems that fall outside the realm of governmental responsibility. If cultivated, it can lead to systemic change in the life of a city.
For more information about Neighborhood Omaha or to donate to a project, call 402.934.7055 or email email@example.com.