Recommit to Community

Belmont, North Carolina, USA - May 26, 2013: The American Dream is pictured in this iconic image of a row of traditional, brick homes in the Hawthorne neighborhood development. Most American homes are now built on smaller lots with sidewalks and tree-lined streets in the suburbs of large cities. An American flag hangs from the front porch in celebration to honor an upcoming holiday. Many Americans express patriotism by flying Old Glory, not only on holidays, but all year long. The architecture reflects old styles, however, the construction of the homes has used modern materials and finishes.
Written by Nirav Tolia

Today is a seminal day for our country.

After a long and contentious presidential election, Americans are rightly feeling polarized and anxious. This historic fork in the road offers us a choice. We can hunker down, dig our heels in, and drive the wedge of disagreement deeper into the heart of America. Or, we can decide to come together, to unite and work together to create a better country.

In this uncertain and divided time, community is one of our most powerful assets. Rather than raising our voices at each other, we can choose to raise each other up. Rather than anger and discourse, let’s offer a helping hand to someone in need. Moments like today offer us an incredible opportunity to recommit to building community. In our case at Nextdoor, this means recommitting to the neighborhood, one of the most important communities in all of our lives.

This is the choice we face. We can choose division, or collectively decide that we must come together. The dictionary defines “neighborly” as being “respectful, friendly, and kind.” These virtues matter more than ever. Let’s move past the end of a long campaign season with a recommitment to community, and a recommitment to our neighborhoods. Here’s to our country’s true greatness, the UNITED States of America.

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