Identity is defined as the distinguishing character or personality of an individual. Throughout life, we as individuals, strive to create and uphold a sense of identity. Once our identity is established, we feel more comfortable with ourselves and our surroundings. However, at a larger scale, what happens when a community lacks a sense of identity? Small towns especially struggle with finding their identity and creating a suitable and exciting Civic infrastructure. Often there is a lack of involvement in the community. There is no drive for contributing to the majority, whether through community service, town council meetings, government, or community events and activities. A community without a strong Civic Identity is like a person without a personality. It can be perceived as blank, dull, and lifeless. The Civic Center of a town should encourage its citizens to become involved, to interact both with each other and the government in order to harness a sense of pride and identity though the community.
Lewis, LeEllen M., "The 21st Century Civic Identity: Redefining the Small Town City Hall" (2010). Architecture Theses. Paper 66.