1) The community/neighborhood (Long Island City) (think in terms of a school, home, church, tightly knit neighborhood, movement, sorority, book-reading club, skate-boarding group, or another social institution)
2) Community/neighborhood that someone else in the class lives in. (Choose any neighborhood or community in New York City to compare).
Try to define what constitutes both chosen communities/neighborhoods, through which historical processes it came about, and how it is maintained.
Be as specific as possible about what essential elements you think make this a distinct community. Think about the identity of the group: how is it formed, did it change, how is the change justified?
Think about the boundaries formed by the community itself: how are these boundaries negotiated? Who is allowed in, who needs to be out? How is this community communicating with the city or other entities? What are the good sides and the bad sides, what would you do to change it and align it more with your ideal community?
If you choose to go with a neighborhood, think about hotspots of activity, where are the young people, where the older, do they integrate? Why or why not? Are there facilities missing, which ones are functioning, which ones are not?
Attention: An 8 page essay order on the exact same topic that is due on Thurday will be placed after this. It would make sense if 1 writer works on both orders. Please attend to this carefully.