A TEAM APPROACH TO COMMUNITY DISPUTES

Plenty of cities and towns are getting hip to community mediation, as a story from ThisWeek Online entitled Mediation sometimes the cure for neighborhood disputes demonstrates. This story describes how the city of Burnsville, Minnesota, has found a way to address conflicts between neighbors by offering mediation services to city residents. What seems particularly successful about this program is the partnering among several city agencies and departments, including police, the zoning board, and others, along with the assistance of a mediator. The results of teamwork can be pretty impressive.

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