A village is a clustered human settlement or community, larger than a hamlet with the population ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand (sometimes tens of thousands). Though often located in rural areas, the term urban village is also applied to certain urban neighbourhoods, such as the East Village in Manhattan, New York City and the Saifi Village in Beirut, Lebanon, as well as Hampstead Village in the London conurbation. Villages are normally permanent, with fixed dwellings; however, transient villages can occur. Further, the dwellings of a village are fairly close to one another, not scattered broadly over the landscape, as a dispersed settlement.
In the past, villages were a usual form of community for societies that practise subsistence agriculture, and also for some non-agricultural societies. In Great Britain, a hamlet earned the right to be called a village when it built a church. In many cultures, towns and cities were few, with only a small proportion of the population living in them. The Industrial Revolution attracted people in larger numbers to work in mills and factories; the concentration of people caused many villages to grow into towns and cities. This also enabled specialization of labor and crafts, and development of many trades. The trend of urbanization continues, though not always in connection with industrialisation. Villages have been eclipsed in importance as units of human society and settlement.
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... Indian Head Park is a village in Cook County, Illinois slightly north of the intersection of Interstate 294 and Interstate 55 ... The village is south of Western Springs, north of Burr Ridge, and west of Countryside ... The village's ZIP code is 60525 (LaGrange) ...
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... The village is served by two public school districts the D.C ... serving students in the northern half of the village, and the Mosinee School District, serving students in the southern half of the village ...
... In 1962, Inverness was incorporated as a Village to be governed by a President and Board of Trustees ... The first meeting of the Village board was July 5, 1962 and was held at the Field House, which was then at the western edge of the Village ... In the spring of 1977 the Village Hall was relocated to a 100-year old farmhouse on Palatine Road ...
Famous quotes containing the word village:
“Under a spreading chestnut-tree
The village smithy stands;
The smith, a mighty man is he,
With large and sinewy hands;
And the muscles of his brawny arms
Are strong as iron bands.”
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (18091882)
“When a village ceases to be a community, it becomes oppressive in its narrow conformity. So one becomes an individual and migrates to the city. There, finding others likeminded, one re- establishes a village community. Nowadays only New Yorkers are yokels.”
—Paul Goodman (19111972)
“The village had institutionalized all human functions in forms of low intensity.... Participation was high and organization was low. This is the formula for stability.”
—Marshall McLuhan (19111980)