Limited cooperative events
Infrequent unifying activities
Infrequent social events
Limited social programme
Fragmented community interaction
The fragmented structure of many communities precludes various groupings gathering to interact in working together as a single unit to accomplish common aims. The result is a steadily shrinking base of involvement in the care for the community, and the remaining leadership core is overloaded.
The many community-wide concerns in small towns result in residents feeling at cross purposes and unable to take effective action. In a struggle to keep going at all, local organizations reduce their scope to limited traditional activities, and most of these are for members only. The result is conflicting meetings, multi-memberships and competing events, further fracturing of community life. People who work outside of their community come home to television and retire early with no opportunity for local involvement; empty sidewalks and streets either with no businesses or early closing stores and cafes underline the isolated pattern of life of most residents. Unique celebrations such as parades and festivals which could demonstrate community individuality no longer exist. The primary means of communication is word of mouth, forthcoming events receive little publicity, and numbers of neighbours have never met each other. New families see no way to be involved, so personal commitment to family, work and recreation become their primary focus.