The City of Edina believes that people are what make a neighborhood a living community rather than just a group of buildings. Neighborhood engagement is a vehicle for community and social building. People talking in their front yards, children playing on the sidewalks, walking dogs, mowing lawns, and similar activities are all part of being neighbors. Many other cities support resident neighborhood organization efforts as a means of enhancing neighborhood engagement.
The City also encourages the voluntary formation of Neighborhood Associations for the purpose of creating an open channel for communication from the City to residents and from residents to the City. This partnership can fashion a venue for building a better community and increasing neighborhood engagement.