The goal of a new community center, set in the Southeast Ward, Lancaster, Pa, is to create an iconic place that will unite people in a downtrodden neighborhood by providing a setting that will bring the community together, once again. The principle element that these downtrodden communities lack is a cultural or social bond. By providing a place where members of the community can gather together, celebrate and share their different cultures will ultimately create a new cultural and social bond within the neighborhood and the greater community. Also by providing a place for everyday activities to take place within the community, rather than remote from its core, will allow for more social interaction. Ultimately the new community center will take one of the worst neighborhoods in Lancaster, Pa, and make it one the most dynamic and prosperous areas of the city.
Snavely, John, "Social Rejuvenation: A New Community Center, Lancaster, PA" (2009). Architecture Theses. 20.