Do you know your neighbors?

Jan 5 20 Comments

It bothers me that I have no idea who lives around my apartment. It also seems that this is very common around here. I am an immigrant and grew up where neighbors knew each other and were involved. It had its benefits. Its was like collectively the society looked out for each other. People socialized. In any emergency, you can easily rely on people around and needless to say better collective eyes on shady people wanting to do nasty things.
I live in a condo and was wondering what others think about it? Anyone broke the ice and put in the effort to know tge neighbors?

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  • Dropbox t7m67f
    OP - be the change you want to see. Go and introduce yourself to your neighbors. Hand them a flyer for a tea gathering at your place. They'd love it and pass it forward. Saying this from experience.
    Jan 6 1
    • SAP ghyrdh
      OP
      Thats a good idea. Thanks. I have thought about dropping by to say hi but held back as I do not want to come across as some desperate weirdo.
      Jan 6
  • Google Geist
    Unfortunately social isolation is becoming a big problem in the USA. Technology is a big driver of this, people would rather be on their phones than interact.
    Jan 5 1
    • Google Geist
      I do tell that to them.
      Jan 6
  • Google bighead2
    Like get to know them on Nextdoor?
    Jan 5 1
    • SAP ghyrdh
      OP
      Nope, old fashioned way. In person.
      Jan 5
  • New / Property Dev Malta7
    I grew up in the suburbs. Of the nearest 10 houses:

    Knew by name: 5
    Would recognize elsewhere: 2
    Couldn’t recognize them in a nearby store: 3

    I moved into the Westside if LA in an apartment.

    Of the nearest 24 units:

    Knew by name: 0
    Could recognize: 2
    No idea: 22
    Jan 5 1
    • SAP ghyrdh
      OP
      That’s my point. In a bid to build footprint in digital world, we are paying the price in real world. And this will have consequences. Weakened communities, increased social isolation etc etc.
      Jan 5
  • Intuit / Sales Grr8
    All the neighbors know my name...
    Jan 5 0
  • Medidata Solutions shFlu
    You're going to have to be the one to corral people. If there are neighborhood kids around the same age, usually they end up binding people together
    Jan 6 0
  • Yahoo OhFuck!
    It's time to install those safety cams and alarms and go to bed!
    Jan 5 4
    • Yahoo OhFuck!
      No complaints! Make the best out of what you have :)
      Jan 5
    • SAP ghyrdh
      OP
      No complaints. I do not disagree with the whole “move on with tech” part but looks like we are in a hurry to lose some practices that made sense. There can always be a better balance.
      Jan 5
  • LinkedIn Bvgjhggy
    OP, which country are you from, if you don't mind my asking.
    Jan 6 1
    • SAP ghyrdh
      OP
      Do not see how that is relevant.
      Jan 6
  • Netflix the.oa
    It’s a transient area of people coming and going. Nobody wants to commit to getting to know each other. Social media has us interacting more online than in person.

    This isn’t normal for the rest of the country. People actually know their neighbors. Seattle and the Bay Area are especially difficult in this respect.
    Jan 6 0
  • New kMUX11
    You’re lucky, my neighbor is an ass, I wish I never knew him
    Jan 6 0

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