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In the category of giving or receiving favors with neighbors, such as taking over a bowl of soup to a sick friend, Seattle is ranked 37.
But Douglas is quick to point out that there are a number of things at which Seattle excels.
Then, when they have a free moment, they can sit down with a cup of coffee and respond to the messages.
Let’s say you’ve been on a couple of dates with someone, they’re perfectly nice, but you…I can tell you that when you unlock this, use it and start dating differently, the results will change.
To do that, the Seattle City Club is starting a program aimed at telling civic stories. What I learned was astonishing, often gross and, on occasion, heartbreaking.
She said the root of Seattle’s Freeze is in an indicator called “social cohesion.” “It’s really the tissue of how communities form,” Douglas said.
“The informal things like whether people do favors for each other, how much do you know and talk to your neighbor, how many times a week do you have dinner with family and friends.” When it comes to talking with neighbors, greater Seattle is ranked 48 out of 51 similar communities across the United States.
Douglas was the lead author on a report called the Greater Seattle Civic Health Index.
Her report used US Census data and supplemental census reports to measure civic engagement in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.