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Old 08-19-2014, 03:06 PM
 
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The end of neighbours
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Old 08-19-2014, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Jewel Lake (Sagle) Idaho
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It’s a new day in the neighbourhood all across the Western world. More than 30 per cent of Canadians now say they feel disconnected from their neighbours, while half of Americans admit they don’t know the names of theirs. An Australian sociologist investigating community responses in the wake of the 2011 floods in Queensland found relations in “a precarious balance”; neighbours were hesitant to intrude even in emergencies—leading the scholar to conclude that “we are less likely than ever to know” our neighbours. Quite right, too: A recent poll of 2,000 Britons found a third declaring they couldn’t pick their near neighbours out of a police lineup.
Guilty, I admit. I lived in my first house about 6 years, never met the neighbors on one side. Even now, I know the two neighbors on our private road, but we only actually see each other and chat a few times a year. Seems odd in the face of "social media" and "connectivity" that we are more isolated in many ways than ever.
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Old 08-19-2014, 06:02 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Our neighborhood just had a "block party" a couple weeks ago. A great time was had by all!
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Old 08-19-2014, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I chat with at least two or three of my neighbors every day. So whatever.
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Old 08-20-2014, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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This doesn't ring true to my ear. My neighbors down the street are basically our best friends. My immediate neighbors are older, but we all know each other by name and tell each other when we'll be out of town, etc.
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Old 08-20-2014, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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This doesn't ring true to me either. Some of the closest friends I hold right now have all been my neighbors or friends that I met through my neighbors.
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Old 08-20-2014, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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Well, it does resonate with me. I am casual acquaintances with many of my nearest neighbors (I've lived here for seven years), and know the names of most of them, but I can't say besides a 5-10 minute chat (okay, longer for the retirees) I've ever did anything with any of them. Even the other parents of small children don't seem very keen when I suggest play dates.

The part about how we are segregating into neighborhoods of like-minded people, but increasingly have nothing to do with our neighbors in particular seems apt.
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Old 08-20-2014, 08:51 AM
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Well, it does resonate with me. I am casual acquaintances with many of my nearest neighbors (I've lived here for seven years), and know the names of most of them, but I can't say besides a 5-10 minute chat (okay, longer for the retirees) I've ever did anything with any of them. Even the other parents of small children don't seem very keen when I suggest play dates.

The part about how we are segregating into neighborhoods of like-minded people, but increasingly have nothing to do with our neighbors in particular seems apt.
You know, I mentioned our next door neighbor's name to my daughter (who does not live with us), and she spat out: "He's a Tea-Partier"! Well, maybe, though I doubt it. I know he's conservative and likes to talk politics, but he doesn't seem to go for organized politics. Anyway, when my husband had major surgery last fall, he shoveled our driveway and sidewalk after every snowfall. (I can't shovel heavy snow d/t having had hip surgery.) Politics don't count with neighbors!
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Old 08-20-2014, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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You know, I mentioned our next door neighbor's name to my daughter (who does not live with us), and she spat out: "He's a Tea-Partier"! Well, maybe, though I doubt it. I know he's conservative and likes to talk politics, but he doesn't seem to go for organized politics. Anyway, when my husband had major surgery last fall, he shoveled our driveway and sidewalk after every snowfall. (I can't shovel heavy snow d/t having had hip surgery.) Politics don't count with neighbors!
I was just talking with my hairstylist the other day, and she mentioned how as she's gotten older she's increasingly wanted to move to a more rural area in one of the outlying counties (she grew up out in Westmoreland County, so she has no problem with it), but she always remembers what the politics of rural Southwestern Pennsylvania have become, and thus decides against it. E.g., the only thing keeping her here (well, besides her husband not wanting to move out there I mean) is she doesn't want to live around Tea Partiers.
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Old 08-20-2014, 09:16 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I was just talking with my hairstylist the other day, and she mentioned how as she's gotten older she's increasingly wanted to move to a more rural area in one of the outlying counties (she grew up out in Westmoreland County, so she has no problem with it), but she always remembers what the politics of rural Southwestern Pennsylvania have become, and thus decides against it. E.g., the only thing keeping her here (well, besides her husband not wanting to move out there I mean) is she doesn't want to live around Tea Partiers.
Well, she's crazy, no offense. I don't think the guy next door IS a Tea-Partier (unlike many other neighbors of various political persuasions, he's never put up a yard sign), but so what?
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