Neighborhoods are the building blocks of communities. They are constantly evolving places whose residents, property owners, and businesses have to be vigilant and prepared in order to respond to economic and geographic trends that bring about change. Nowhere is this more apparent than in neighborhoods bordered by large institutions such as universities. The design and orientation of institutional structures, parking areas, and loading docks can have a significant impact on the neighborhood, as can the patrons of these institutions. Furthermore, amenities such as public gardens and parks can help unify people. Civic organizations and community development corporations often play an important role in managing and improving the quality of life of many neighborhoods.