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Caring Neighborhoods Challenge seeks to spread the love

Original post made on Apr 14, 2013

As Terry Godfrey sipped a warm beverage at a cafe near her home in Evergreen Park last week, she posed a question she hopes will challenge Palo Alto residents in the coming months: "How would you feel if you were raised in a neighborhood where adults speak to you and look you in the eye?"

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Posted by Kismet
a resident of University South
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.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 14, 2013 at 10:38 pm

If I started befriending 5th and 7th graders, I'd get arrested.

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Posted by terryg
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Apr 15, 2013 at 5:16 pm

I hope you're kidding. If you're not, try introducing yourself to their parents first.

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Posted by bend iris
a resident of another community
on Apr 16, 2013 at 1:23 am

Yes, it DOES take a village to raise a child and that means Knowing who you kids hang with; where they go; what adult is there (any weapons?) and having a time for them to be back home.
Developers can do a lot for safe streets building back-to-back cul-de-sacs: easy street play for kids and parents can observe them easily.
Raised my kids in this atmosphere and as adults they still have good
friends they me in primary school.

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Posted by bend iris
a resident of another community
on Apr 16, 2013 at 1:31 am

In terms of quality of life??????HOW IS ABAG/CITIES INVOLVED JUSTIFYING 'PACKING IN' HIGH DENSITY BUILDINS WITHOUT CONSIDERING IMPACT ON WATER USE, SEWAGE CAPAPCITY, and the impact on schools, first responders (police/fire) and medical care??
The plans to cram millions more occupants into Treasure Island and Hunter Point properties seems horribly illadvised and was voted down before.
The total climate of the SF Bay area has changed over the years...we could count on cooling winds in the summer;NOT AC UNITS. eVERYTIME THE BAY IS FILLED IN FOR HOUSING,AIRPORT EXTENTSIONS....there is no more land to do the trade-offs Reagan started.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 16, 2013 at 9:05 am

Once again, Please stop bringing up the suicides. As you all know, bringing it up creates more attention for it, which increases the chance of it continuing. If you care about the young people, stop grandstanding about your efforts. Just do it. This article would have been much stronger without reference to tragic events. Please, please stop bringing this up! We can be a youth friendly community without patting ourselves on the back.