Cultivating Ownership

“Social networks involve mutual obligations. They create norms of reciprocity that govern how people expect to be ‘paid back’ for the help they give to others.” Here Brainard is speaking specifically to the conditions of neighborhoods in his piece on New Haven's Court Street. Is there a way to cultivate generalized reciprocity in an urban environment such as Crown St which is mostly commercial with little housing? Would this involve a certain level of commitment to a street or larger environment as one’s own, and does this have to do with proximity to where one lives (what one ‘owns’) or is there a way to cultivate ownership of a non-residential street?