You have a good job and you live in a nice, safe home. The kids play with the neighbors' kids. You walk to the grocery store and church. Daycare and school are within minutes. There are fewer cars on the road because everything is nearby, in town. And the air is cleaner because of it. People can safely walk, take the bus, or ride bikes on the bike path, through the wooded open space that surrounds the neighborhood. You can afford to keep your home and everyone – including the young man working at the local market – can afford to live close by. His is a nice apartment right above the store, on Main Street. This is a real community, where neighbors meet, people work, children play. This is a KeepSpace Community.
Launched in the summer of 2007, KeepSpace is a widely inclusive partnership initiative to change the way we think about, build and approach “community.” For KeepSpace to truly improve Rhode Island's communities, especially when funds are limited, partners agree to come to the table in a spirit of collaboration. Understanding that we must think beyond our own spheres of interest - the bounds of our expertise, the charge of our employment, the borders of our neighborhoods – we consider multiple perspectives to create a healthy, prosperous, sustainable future. KeepSpace partners embrace the KeepSpace philosophy of working together.