Urban Institute Study Demonstrates Value of
Love Your Block Program
When citizens clean up their neighborhood, they're not just removing things like trash and debris, they're creating things like community pride and social networks. Cities of Service commissioned a study by Urban Institute
to better understand how the social connectedness of residents and communities was affected by their involvement in Cities of Service Love Your Block
projects and how the effects of Love Your Block projects relate to social connectedness. The study also assesses how residents’ relationships with city officials change because of Love Your Block and how these relationships improve social connectedness and produce measurable outcomes. The study focused on three cities implementing Love Your Block programs: Boston, MA; Lansing, MI; and Phoenix, AZ.