Density does not automatically create community. But several things will make for a genuine neighborhood

at the West End.

When people don't rely on automobiles, they must walk or bike. People see each other more often.

When people both live and work in the same neighborhood, they care about the neighborhood that much more. When buildings are designed so people have a connection to the street, this reinforces neighborhood relationships.

We plan for much of the work in the building to be local manufacturers making products for the local market. When this happens, people get to know who makes their goods.

We think these workshops in the West End, which will both make and sell goods there, will be a kind of giant school. We expect that adults will take lessons, children will become intrigued, and teenagers will want to apprentice.