The Chamber of Commons* promotes alternatives to traditional economic perspectives of people, their communities, and cities. Community, not as a collection of infrastructure and services, but as relationships and interdependence. Economy, not measured in total revenues but in the impact of meaningful work and fair compensation. Development, not in dollars invested but in connections created and problems solved. Culture that already thrives in our neighborhoods instead of something that needs to be introduced.
*The commons includes shared natural, cultural, and intellectual resources.


Camp Little Hope and the Chamber of Commons collaborate to bring you the South Elm Neighborhood Field Guides. This series of pocket publications reroutes local histories, inviting you to experience the neighborhood from three different conceptual perspectives.

The Field Guides were developed through conversational research with South Elm residents and local experts this summer. The references and contributors are extensive: neighbors, professionals, architects, birdwatchers, botanists, geographers, historians, photo albums, municipal documents, meeting notes, advertisements, insurance maps, journals, archives, museums, and time spent walking around.

Like all versions of history, these guides to South Elm are only part of the shared story of a nuanced place. We hope tourists and Greensboro residents alike will continue to discover new ways of seeing the South Elm neighborhood.

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