there are a few folks visiting today that hail from Raleigh, NC. they're involved with the ACRe Community (Action for Community in Raleigh). their blurb is
a local non-profit which provides a center for the activist community; including meeting spaces, cooperative housing, skill-sharing, a bike project, a community kitchen, urban gardening, and more.
i feel like a lot of places would do well to have such a tie in. other side of the coin is that sometimes if there's a really fractionalized/factionalized scene, lots of people wouldn't actually use the resource and it would be a waste of time. i'm partial to a really happy, synergized community myself, but the world don't always spin like that.