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Community Workshops: What are they and what do they accomplish? 

4-20-2010

A community workshop helps residents to learn how to replace the common problems that the neighborhood homes face. For example, if a neighborhood in Portland has stucco siding than over time that stucco siding will look horrific with the Northwest weather. So if the community gets together and gets a contractor to teach the homeowners how to best clean their siding or what is the best paint to use so that the siding doesn't mildew and stain than not only will each resident be knowledgeable about how to best take care of their siding but many residents will meet the contractors that know how to take care of the problem and could get a bulk discount for work. When a few families start cleaning or replacing their problem siding than it makes the neighborhood like nicer and ultimately puts pressure on those that still have the ugly old siding to replace theirs next. Nobody wants to have the ugliest house in the neighborhood. They get the residents talking and networking and helping in each in community. Momentum is everything in a neighborhood. People want to be proud of where they live and want their values to increase so these community workshops are instrumental keeping a community strong and vibrant. 

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