(Quote) Kathy-635104 said: Do you get along with your neighbors and do they get along with you? Did you put up a fence to keep them out or...
(Quote) Kathy-635104 said:
Do you get along with your neighbors and do they get along with you? Did you put up a fence to keep them out or do you share BBQ's?
When I moved into my current home, I was greeted by my neighbors and a home-made apple pie. I live in a neighborhood full of good, Christian families. They are always anxious to help out and we get along great. We share meals, pools, trampolines and prayers. How about you? Are you in a neighborly neighborhood?
My neighbohood used to be (note- use to be) awesome. It was full of middle class and working class poor (don't know a nicer wat to put that)and hard working immigranty families. There was a genuine caring community feeling. Every one knew each other and helped each other. Kids played on the side streets and school yards, teenagers hung out on stoops and the elderly sat in front of their building and socialized with each other and their nighbors. It was safe for kids to be out and about because everyone looked out for each others kids.
But now, due to gentrification, the neighborhood has become trendy,and that community feel is slowly dying. Yes property values have gone up, but at a price. The working poor have been pushed out, sometimes illegally, to make room for people who can pay extremely high rents. People have been harrassed out of their apartments also. The middle class cannot afford it here either and people who have rent protected apartments are harrassed endlessly by landlord. The wealthy people who have moved in have no community mindset. They only care about themselves and people like them. Youth hanging out or people sitting in front of their buildings is now loitering and not allowed. The new people don't say hello to their fellow neighbors and look down on people who are not as affluent as them. I've overheard many of these new people say that the long time residents need to leave to make room for the new people- that it's the new peoples turn to enjoy the. Its very sad what has happened here.
Every time a long time resident dies or moves out, my old neighborhood shrinks more and more.
Sorry, I didn't mean to go off like that. I'm not looking for a pity party or make it sound so bad- it's just really different than in the past. I still happy here and prefer to live here because it's a desireable area, I have a great apartment for the price I pay and it is extremely convenient to live here. But I would welcome a change, especially if there was a husband in my life.