The Community of Place is the people with a significant and ongoing interest in the place. This includes landowners, business owners, workers, students, creatives, regular visitors, the school children who come by every Friday afternoon – anyone to whom the place matters.
Placemaking that builds the trust and connections (social capital) in a locality over time can effectively develop a more cohesive Community of Place.
A facilitator can be the connective tissue between people as cohesion develops. They will need to strengthen two kinds of social capital: connections within groups (bonding social capital) and connections between groups (bridging social capital). And they will need to keep these in balance, as too much of one kind compared to the other is unhelpful.
This social rebuild is arguably the most important rebuild because we can’t have the cultural and economic rebuild without it. As cohesion grows, discussions about shared values are easier.