Neighborhood Toolbox

The neighborhood management concept is a key element in the City's Strategy for Vital Neighborhoods. Neighborhoods thrive when residents are empowered to act and sustain the effort over time.

The toolbox instruction sheets provide guidance to neighbors as they work to build a sense community and manage the future of their neighborhood.

Neighborhood Management

Neighborhood management, the effort to develop and sustain a vital neighborhood and influence others to cooperate in the effort, is at the core of a healthy neighborhood. Neighborhood management takes on many faces - organizing neighbors to act, demonstrating a willingness to invest and maintain individual properties and homes in a manner that reflects pride and accountability, connecting with neighbors for social events and assisting with improvement projects.

Social Capital

Everyone has connections-family, friends, co-workers, teammates, fellow worshippers, club members, high school and college buddies, and on and on and on. Think about how your network of contacts has helped you throughout your life. Maybe someone you know referred you to a job? Perhaps they helped you find a new doctor? There are all kinds of ways we benefit from the relationships we have in life. This web of resources and connections is social capital. Social capital involves relationships and social trust that increases accountability and the willingness to act for the benefit of all neighbors. Think of social capital as the fabric of a well managed neighborhood.


Neighborhood appearance contributes greatly to the sense of pride and how the neighborhood is perceived among its residents and to those outside of the community. The City of Garland is comprised of neighborhoods in various stages of their life cycle. However, neighborhood health is not defined by the age of the community or the income level. In healthy neighborhoods, stakeholders work together to address challenges.