Caring Neighborhoods Challenge seeks to spread the love
Original post made on Apr 14, 2013
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on Apr 14, 2013 at 11:44 am
"How would you feel if you were raised in a neighborhood where adults speak to you and look you in the eye?"
I wonder how people would feel if they were raised in a neighborhood where the adults don't even speak to each other. Unfortunately, Silicon Valley has become much less friendly and community oriented over the past three decades. Many residents nowadays don't barely know - and don't really want to know - their neighbors. In marked contrast with times past, many of the houses are now hidden behind tall fences or hedges. What are people hiding from? Neighborhoods have become collections of individual refuges rather than welcoming communities.
I think that the Project Safety Net is a very worthy initiative, and addresses one aspect of a much larger issue. Other community groups need to join in, which will enable a broad-based social recovery.
We can lead a horse to water but we can't make him drink. Perhaps people don't want to be neighborly anymore, and don't value community. If that is the case, then it is time to hightail it to a place where community is considered very important. Those places do still exist.
on Apr 14, 2013 at 5:08 pm
I think it is up to each one of us to make sure our neighborhood is friendly, where we know each other well enough to be able to say hi if we see them in the grocery store or the street, and more than that to be able to call on each other when a need arises.
It may be putting out the trash cans over vacation, noticiing something that doesn't look "right" and knocking on the door,lending items to each other, or something more social. I love to see neighbors chatting in the street, it is a lost art.
I don't think we need special projects, just an attitude of being friendly.
on Apr 14, 2013 at 10:38 pm
If I started befriending 5th and 7th graders, I'd get arrested.