As a way to strengthen neighborhood identity, Mayor Lunde notes that in Brooklyn Park, “We actually had the neighborhoods identify their own selves – what they wanted to be called.” The Brooklyn Park city map was divided into 31 neighborhoods and over the course of five months, 650 residents participated in the naming process. It was an exercise in pride-building. “It helps to form our identity,” says Brooklyn Park resident Kristi Corey, while also bringing old and new neighbors together. Neighborhood names are inspired by local parks, the Mississippi River, and historic figures and were decided at neighbors’ mailboxes, community dinners, and city-led community cafes. This initiative helps form meaning-making communities by bringing residents of a small geographic area together to celebrate the diverse history, character, and demographics that makes their neighborhood special.