Playing pickup ball and roaming the neighborhood with the kids who lived nearby are some of my fondest memories from childhood, and I always thought that our own child, who now is 2, would experience the same things.
However, all the parents of school-age children we know tell us that times have changed, and that as a results of heightened concerns about child safety these days, kids only play together during parent-supervised playdates or organized sports events.
First of all, I would like to hear from PA residents whether they've found this to be true in their own neighborhoods. And if this is true, does this mean that the sense of community in neighborhoods has been seriously eroded--to the point where kids
get much less benefits than in the past from living in a traditionally neighborly place like PA?
Related to this, it seems that there is a marked discrepancy between what one gets in terms of dollar value between PA and Los Altos Hills--essentially similar sized houses, but with huge 1 acre lots in LAH and much smaller ones in PA. I've always thought that relatively isolated enclaves like LAH would be much less fostering for children than towns like PA with sidewalks, closeby neighbors, lots of kids, etc.
But if neighborhood kids don't even play together these days and are driven everywhere, is this discrepancy between the isolated enclaves and the formerly closely-knit neighborhoods even true any more?
As one who lives in a nearby town who is contemplating a move to your community, I'd be very interested in hearing people's thoughts on this. Thank you!