“The idea of community has been tied to the idea of a place. Although other conditions are associated with the community - including “sense of belonging”, a body of shared values, a system of social organization, and interdependency - special proximity continues to be considered a necessary condition. But it is now becoming apparent that it is the accessibility rather than the propinquity aspect of “place” that is the necessary condition. As accessibility becomes further freed from propinquity, cohabitation of a territorial place - whether it is a neighborhood, a suburb, a metropolis, a region, or a nation, is becoming less important to the maintenance of social communities.”
M. Webber- 'Urban Places and the Non-place Urban Realms' (1964)
It is ease of access to a place, not just people residing there that defines a local community.