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What is community?

03/24/15 | View Comments

Each month in our Open Voices blog we share insight from leaders in our communities who are advancing what it means to have sacred, open green spaces in our cities. In March, we celebrate the success and stability borne from community engagement and planning.

 

What is community? Is it a place, a people, an act?

In many of an instance, and perhaps the most robust, it is all three.

In Oregon, a rooftop healing garden nestled within the Family Birth Center and Cardiovascular Care Unit at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center replaces a hardscape terrace built in the 1970s. A Nature Place provides a space for patients, visitors and hospital staff to heal and restore. The medical center’s doctors and nurses are the constant members of this community; the incoming expectant mothers, newly arrived babies, cardiovascular patients and their families bring the Portland community into the halls of the medical center.

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