citizen must love, become part of, his city; if he does
not, all the money poured into the new schemes and the
bright multitudinous plans of the planners will avail
James Van Trump, 1963
What makes a
mere place a home? People! Individuals live in familes
who create cultures who gather in communities who settle
in neighbohoods. Traditions and heroes help cultures
pass on their beliefs and values. It's not always a
harmonious process, but we do our best to live together.
studies, language arts
levels: Adaptable 3-12 grades
Pittsburgh neighborhood and your best bet is to let the "locals"
tell you where to shop, where to eat, what to tour. That's because
the locals don't just 'know' a neighborhood; they invented
it. Yet, surprisingly often, you can stump the locals by asking about
a place or a person they never hear of-- right in their own backyards!
are places, but communities are something much different. Many communities,
cultures, and subcultures can live in the same place at the same time,
sometimes interacting, sometimes barely aware of each other. A mix of
cultures and communities is what makes neighborhoods such complex and
wonderful places. And together that patchwork of neighborhoods makes
the Pittsburgh we call home, as producer Rick Sebak likes to sign off
History Series is a great way to explore the complexity of diverse cultures
coming together to create ever-widening circles of community. Families
are the smallest unit of culture and where we all learn what is expected
of us as members of our cultural communities. The cultures our families
belong to may be based on religious faith, political affiliation, ethnic
origin, shared interests, or even common crises. Fraternal organizations,
churches, and newspapers, help communities preserve their culture and
the circle further, we find that communities gather together in a place
and create neighborhoods. In their neighborhood, people--not always
from the same communities-- come together to create stores, services,
transportation, and public institutions to meet their physical needs.
Try as we might to avoid it, unfortunately, when cultures and communities
come together to live in one place, there is sometimes conflict. (In
fact, Pittsburgh was founded in just such a conflict!)
are so visible tucked into the valleys or perched on the hilltops, we'll
start our exploration of "community" by looking at neighborhoods.
Then wewill move further into those concentric circles -- neighborhood
> community > culture > family > individual -- to find out
how they make us feel like we "belong" at "home."