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Ever Heard the Term “The Old Neighborhood”?


If you’re speaking with someone who grew up in the 1940’s or 1950’s , they might fondly refer to “the old neighborhood”, meaning the area or section of a city or providence where they lived as a child.


Interestingly enough, they are not just referring to the types of apartment buildings, or homes that were in that neighborhood, they’re also referring to the culture of that community. Whether there were ethnic cultures or not, they are talking about the storekeepers, the other parents, and the general feeling of being protected within that neighborhood. Everyone looked out for each other and all the children. Granted, the world was a different place at that time because most women did not work outside the home and were present when the children were home. It was clear that the neighborhood children belonged to the whole neighborhood. You might eat supper at your house or at the house of your best friend. If you were caught doing something you shouldn’t do….you were either punished right then, or you were walked home for this issue to be presented to your own parents and let them handle the punishment. People shared conversations, food, family crises, celebrations, and their lives in general. Then we all grew up and decided that privacy and individual lives were better.


Fast forward to the present. In our sophistication to be more individualistic, we moved to a more refined type of community. But did we in fact leave something valuable behind? Some current day communities have a very strong culture of “community” and some do not. Are we as neighbors in that community working together for the common good? We are all paying dues to live in a community that is governed by an HOA, but how involved are we with the people we live near? Sometimes we love our neighbors and sometimes not so much, but the common need of the community is all of us working together for the good of all.

Just some suggestions: If you’re wondering how each of us can make a difference, sometimes it starts with a simple hello, or gathering packages from someone’s exposed front door, or taking the cake you baked and sharing it, or putting together a work team to help a neighbor who is less fortunate.

Building a positive community spirit can be advantageous to all. Maybe a buyer would be drawn to a community that had the reputation of working and playing together. Think about it, would you like to have your privacy with a little of that “old neighborhood” feeling?


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