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There is wind where the rose was,
Cold rain where sweet grass was,
And clouds like sheep
Stream o'er the steep
Grey skies where the lark was.
Nought warm where your hand was,
Nought gold where your hair was,
But phantom, forlorn,
Beneath the thorn,
Your ghost where your face was.
Cold wind where your voice was,
Tears, tears where my heart was,
And ever with me,
Child, ever with me,
Silence where hope was.
November by Walter de la Mare
The weakened sense of community in our cites and the solutions
One disturbing trend nowadays is the weakened sense of community in our cities. The two principal causes for this are in my view how our schools and shopping habits have changed. In this essay I discuss these problems and also how they might be solved to eusure we once again know our neighbours.
There is a clear connection between education and community. In the past people got to know their neighbours through their children and formed closed bonds by watching them play sport together or just helping out with childcare. Unfortunately, this connection has been broken by allowing children to go any school and not the one in the neighbourhood with the effect that local children do not necessarily go to the same school. The easier solution to this problem would simply be to make sure children went to the local school in their district.
The change of shopping habits has also had a profound effect on community realtions in our cities. In the past people would shop at their local market or main street, but they now increasingly use supermarkets that are located on the edge of cities. This means people no longer meet people who live in the neighbourhood and it has also led to a loss of community identity. The best way to solve this problem would be for the government to raise taxation on the large supermarkets and reduce it to local businesses in order to bring back the local markets and shops.
In conclusion, I believe the best way for the government to address the problem of loss of community spirit in the cities would be to introduce measures that encouraged people to educate their children locally and to help local businesses and shops to inflourish.