There are little things within a town or city that give it a sense of community. These things are created, almost intuitively, by the people who live there because people need community to thrive in any environment, no matter how big or small.
When I think of community, the memory that still remains vivid for me is going to my first farmer's market. The market is nestled on the shores of Lake Dillon, in my home town of Dillon Colorado. I was 9 or 10 walking with my mom. As we walked the rows of food and Knick-Knacks, we saw friends and acquaintances. I remember sucking on a honey stick and trying pesto for the first time (still the best pesto I have ever had)!
Now, as an adult living in one of the largest cities in the world, I still seek farmers markets and thankfully for me, they are all over the city. They are nestled in 100s of pockets of this city, bringing life to the different neighborhoods. Within these pockets, people get be together and experience hand-made, organic food and crafts right from the source and get to know one another as neighbors. When I moved to Echo Park, I was so excited to learn that every Friday afternoon the town sets up its little market right off of Sunset blvd, just down the street from the lake and a block from my apartment. Going there feels like home and I always leave with a feeling of nostalgia in my soul.