Be a Better Neighbor, Build a Better Neighborhood (2022)

I grew up in a time before local news outlets dedicated all their resources to scaring the crap out of people every time they turned on the TV.

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As a result, kids of my generation were allowed to roam freely through spaces both public and private. Neighborhood streets, other people’s yards, schools, parks, creeks, and drainage ditches were all fair game. Our only rule was not to cross the busy arterial streets. (Even then, we instinctively knew a stroad was a dangerous thing.) At dusk, parents would summon everyone home. Some would just stand on the porch and yell their kids’ names, while others whistled or rang bells when it was time for dinner.

Back then, of course, stay-at-home moms were the rule, not the exception. But it’s not like we were being supervised. There were no cell phones, and we often disappeared for hours at a time.

One difference was that we knew so many people in our neighborhood. My family kept spare keys for half a dozen neighbors, knew everyone’s name within a two-block radius, and had friends scattered throughout the area.

Which makes me wonder: Did we have so much freedom to roam because we knew our neighbors?Or did we know our neighbors because we spent so much time out roaming around?

These days, it feels like people are turning inwards. We pull into attached garages and let the doors close behind us, never emerging except within the protective carapace of a car. We build private jungle gyms in the backyard rather than letting our kids bike to the park. Meanwhile, Netflix and Hulu make it easy to get absorbed by fictional folks on TV, rather than interacting with actual humans in real life. And our news diet creates a fear of strangers by focusing on rare and remote horrors, while paying little attention to all the good and compassionate things people do for each other every single day.

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So maybe it’s time to flip those habits, get outside,and meet the people who live nearby. Let's put the neighborliness back in neighborhoods. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking "outside the box."

1. Do your own Gardening and Yard Work

I know, I know. Everyone works. Everyone’s busy. Nobody has time or energy to do their own yard work. But there’s something wrong when the professional lawn care guy knows more of your neighbors than you do.

Being out in the yard makes you visible and approachable. People who wouldn’t ring the doorbell and risk interrupting your dinner will happily stop and chat if you’re out planting flowers. Besides, mowing lawns is more productive than running on a treadmill, and if you’re out in the yard, you’re actually making the neighborhood safer for everyone.

2. Buy a Home with a Front Porch

One of the saddest trends in residential home building has been the displacement of front porches by garage doors.The orientation is backwards, and it leads to isolation.When garage doors are the primary architectural feature of your house, it does two things that are bad for the neighborhood. First, garage doors turn a blind eye to the street by trading windows, doors and a front porch (active spaces) for blank walls and auto storage (passive). Second,eliminating the front porch, pushes outside activities to the back patio, which further isolates neighbors and limits opportunities for casual contact.

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The simple act of drinking coffee on the front porch makes you part of the community in ways that could never occur on a back patio. Even if all you do is smile and nod as strangers walk by, you’re contributing to a friendlier and safer place.

3. Activate the Front Yard

If you don’t have a front porch, you can still make a point to spend time in the front yard. Years ago, we bought a cheap fire pit (the kind you can pick up and move around). Instead of setting it up in the back yard, we built a fire in the front. It attracted people like moths to a flame. Neighbors walked over to see what was going on. People driving by stopped to hang out and chat. Before long, we had to open more wine and bring out the dining room chairs.

Now, whenever we set up the fire pit, we put it in the middle of the front yard. Sometimes we invite people over for outdoor parties; sometimes we just see who shows up.

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There’s no reason why the back yard should have all the fun. Spread the love. Get out the sidewalk chalk, throw Frisbee, start a neighborhood corn hole competition, or spread out blankets and have a picnic on the front yard lawn. The more time you spend in the public-facing spaces, the more opportunities you have to meet your neighbors and be aware of what’s going on around you.

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4. Unlike Daniel Boone, you Don’t Need a Fort

There are times when a privacy fence is a good idea. You may need a screening fence if you have a swimming pool or hot tub, or your backyard abuts a commercial parking lot. And if you like to walk around naked with the blinds open, I get it, privacy is your friend.

Often, however, entire subdivisions are built with privacy fences as the default. The assumption is that you want nothing to do with your next-door neighbors, and they have no business glancing into your back yard for any reason whatsoever. Perhaps it’s because suburban home builders never actually read that Robert Frost poem that is not about good fences making good neighbors. “Why do they make good neighbours?” Frost asks. “Isn't it where there are cows? But here there are no cows.”

No cows indeed. Privacy fences eliminate chance encounters with neighbors. They prevent us from keeping an eye on each other’s property (in the neighborly, not nosy way). And they assume mistrust where none exists.

You need to keep the dogs in the yard, not protect Westeros from the White Walkers. Whenever possible, choose a lower, more transparent fencing option and get to know your neighbors instead of staring at a fence.

5. Leave the Car at Home

One of the simplest ways to engage with your community is to physically get out in it. Whizzing by in a car doesn’t count. When you walk or bike, the slower pace allows you to notice details you’ve never seen before. Not only that, you will hear, smell and feel the environment in a way that’s impossible to experience from inside an automobile. If you’ve ever followed your nose to a terrific restaurant, you know exactly what I mean.

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I’m always amazed how many total strangers speak to me when I’m walking or biking. They ask for directions, make surprising observations, or just say howdy.Cars create barriers between people. Active transportation eliminates them. When we’re not surrounded by glass and steel, people can see our faces and we become recognizably human. Sharing a smile, which happens a lot more often when you're on foot or bike,reminds us of this fact.

So get out of the car. Walk the dog. Bike to the store. Stroll to a restaurant. Speak to a neighbor and make their day a little bit friendlier for everyone.

6. Pick up Trash

An added benefit of walking in your neighborhood is that it’s easy to stop and pick up trash. (How often do you see a car pull over so someone can jump out and pick up a beer can? Answer: never.) Especially in up-and-coming areas, this is an important public service that improves curb appeal and enhances a sense of safety.

Since buying a property in an emerging neighborhood, I’ve come to appreciate that trash bags are a luxury, not a priority, for people who struggle to afford necessities. As a result, there’s always something blowing around, especially on trash day. So one of my weekly duties is trash patrol. It only takes a few minutes, it makes the world a better place, and it creates opportunities to chat with folks up and down the block.

No matter where you live, you can improve your neighborhood by picking up trash. It’s a simple act that shows how much you care.

7. Invite Apartment Dwellers to Neighborhood Association Meetings

Just because someone lives in an apartment building doesn’t mean they don’t care about the neighborhood. One of the best places I ever lived was a lovely old apartment in the middle of a historic neighborhood. It was such a great place that turnover was practically non-existent. The tenants were all professionals or retirees. I lived there for a decade. My upstairs neighbor is still there, 30 years after he first moved in.

But in all the years I lived in multi-family housing (a duplex, two triplexes, and a small apartment), I never once received a notice about a neighborhood meeting or public hearing. Cities are typically required to notify property owners, not tenants, about public meetings. And neighborhood associations often don’t include renters because of the perception that they're outsiders with no “skin in the game.”

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But when you exclude renters from conversations that impact a city’s future, you limit the knowledge and perspective of important constituents. By limiting participation only to property owners, cities and neighborhoods are less likely to hear the voices of citizens who are younger, less affluent, or people of color.

Renting doesn’t mean that you don’t care passionately about the city and neighborhood in which you live, but it does mean that you may have a different perspective or a unique voice that deserves to be heard. If you’re in a position to do so, invite tenants to the table. You’ll be amazed how much you have in common, and how much you have to learn.

8. Share your Tools

It’s important to have the right tool for the job, but that doesn’t mean you have to buy a new one for every project. All those HGTV-inspired tool purchases fuel the consumer economy, but also result in a lot of equipment sitting around unused in the garage.

Yet another perk of knowing your neighbors is the ability to share resources and knowledge. You’ll discover that there are plenty of people who are happy to help when you decide to tackle a do-it-yourself project,but it only works if sharing is a two-way street. Take care of the tools you borrow, return them promptly, and find ways to repay the favor.

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9. Keep it Simple

Obviously, the above ideas are not really about how to be a good neighbor. They're more about breaking down the barriers that prevent us from knowing one another. Once you meet, it's pretty simple. No matter where you live, or what your circumstances, there’s really only one rule for being a good neighbor: be kind.

Introduce yourself. Be respectful. Keep an eye out for each other. Check in on old folks. Tutor a kid. Dog sit. Assume the best. Chip in and help when you recognize a need. And remember that the word "community" means we’re all in this together.

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FAQs

Why is it important to be a good neighbor in the community? ›

People who live in connected communities support each other, share information that is trustworthy and easily actionable, and often motivate each other to adopt better lifestyle habits. Maintaining social connections with our neighbors can help us in myriad ways, including: Increase confidence and self-esteem.

What can we do to make a better neighborhood? ›

TEN WAYS TO IMMEDIATELY IMPROVE YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
  1. Report crime as soon as possible. ...
  2. Report nuisances and other noncriminal problems promptly. ...
  3. Take away the opportunity for crime. ...
  4. Introduce yourself to your neighbors. ...
  5. Know the names of neighborhood kids and their friends. ...
  6. Make a list of landlords in your area.

What is your responsibility as a good Neighbour? ›

Maintain Neatness

Keep the surroundings of your house neat and clean. Dump your waste in the garbage can and train your pet not to make the surroundings messy. Cut the extra branches of your trees in the backyard and present yourself in a tidy way.

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As you evaluate the best aspects of a prospective neighborhood, you'll want to match them to your daily needs.
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  • Family-friendly.

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Summary: A good neighbor should have high moral principles and respect the other people that live in his/her community. Such a neighbor would be reliable, respect one's privacy, and never gossip. Civilized persons live in communities,so they have neighbours who they have to communicate with and accept .

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Essentially, neighborhoods create and form communities. Residents share the same experiences. They suffer or revel in the availability and quality of local housing, schools, jobs, businesses, health care, and human services. They experience the effects of crime that occurs within neighborhood boundaries.

How do you build a community in your neighborhood? ›

Build community by being a good neighbor and leading others to do the same
  1. Waving and smiling at neighbors.
  2. Starting up a conversation.
  3. Maintaining your home's appearance.
  4. Planning a community event.
  5. Hosting a dinner party.
  6. Planning a play date for the kids.
  7. Attending events that others host.
12 Jul 2019

Do you think it is important to have a good relationship with your Neighbours? ›

Having good neighbours is important because it makes our life in a neighbourhood safer, happier and more fun. We also tend to have more peace of mind. Although we can choose our friends but not our neighbours, we must remember that we get what we give.

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Solving Disputes with Your Neighbors
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  2. Step 2: Start a Log to Track the Problem. ...
  3. Step 3: Discuss it With Your Neighbor. ...
  4. Step 4: Put it in Writing. ...
  5. Step 5: Talk to Other Neighbors. ...
  6. Step 6: Try Mediation. ...
  7. Step 7: Call the Police. ...
  8. Step 8: Get Help From a Lawyer.
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What is your responsibility as a good neighbor write five points? ›

Always be respectful and considerate of your neighbors. Keep your yard clean, follow any noise regulations, and put your trash out at the right time. Make an effort to get to know your neighbors.

How do Neighbours help each other? ›

Some friendly neighbors share dinners, minimizing the effort it takes to cook. Others trade fruit from their trees. A neighbor who borrows a few eggs may come back with a plate of cookies that the eggs helped create. Knowing your neighbors increases everyone's ability to share.

How do you make your neighbors respect you? ›

Greet your neighbors: Demonstrate an interest in them. Make an effort to meet them and learn their names. Get involved with your neighborhood: Be an active member of your community. Lend a hand: Your neighbors will appreciate any help you offer, so look out for opportunities to lend a hand.

What are three things that make good neighborhood? ›

12 Things That Make A Neighborhood Truly Great
  • Lifestyle match. Is the neighborhood in sync with your current lifestyle? ...
  • Pride in ownership. ...
  • Low crime rate. ...
  • Great schools. ...
  • Outdoor activities abound. ...
  • Stepping back in time. ...
  • Access to medical care. ...
  • Family-friendly.
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How would you describe your neighborhood? ›

Your neighbourhood is the local area where you live. It is the place that is within walking distance of your home. Your neighbourhood includes the local stores and shops that you might use regularly, the people who live near you (your neighbours) and other places that you see or visit.

What are the characteristics of a neighbourhood? ›

Social neighborhood characteristics include “the degree and nature of social connections between neighbors, the presence of social norms, levels of safety and violence, and various features of the social organization of places” [3].

How do you maintain a good relationship with your Neighbours paragraph? ›

5 Ways to Create Stronger Neighbor Relationships
  1. Say hello and introduce yourself. ...
  2. Be respectful. ...
  3. Invite them to parties. ...
  4. Offer small kindness. ...
  5. Know when to keep your distance.

How can I strengthen my relationship with my Neighbours? ›

  1. 1 Be Friendly but Not Necessarily Friends. If you want to have a better relationship with your neighbors, try being friendly. ...
  2. 2 Be Respectful. You want to be respectful of your neighbors. ...
  3. 3 Be Neighborly. Be neighborly. ...
  4. 4 Take a Small Gift over during the Holidays. ...
  5. 5 Apologize. ...
  6. 6 Keep Your Yard Neat. ...
  7. 7 Let Some Things Go.

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a person who lives near or next to another. a person or thing near or next to another. (as modifier)neighbour states.

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Social and economic conditions in neighborhoods can also influence health by affecting access to employment opportunities and public resources including efficient transportation, an effective police force, and good schools. Strong ties and trust among people within neighborhoods have been associated with better health.

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  3. Encourage Connections Within Your Community. ...
  4. Stay Guided by Your Why.
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How do Neighbours help each other in your neighborhood? ›

Answer: Some friendly neighbors share dinners, minimizing the effort it takes to cook. Others trade fruit from their trees. A neighbor who borrows a few eggs may come back with a plate of cookies that the eggs helped create.

Do you think your neighbourhood is a good place for children? ›

Answer: No doubt, my neighbourhood is a nice place which has pretty much everything from nice and wide streets to clean ponds and lakes. However, it would be always nice to have new things, like a large swimming pool and a large playground for the children, to make my neighbourhood even a better place for living.

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  • Parking.
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Dealing with Neighbors
  1. Don't respond with anger. Although you may be instantly (and perhaps justifiably) irritated when your neighbor complains, don't let your anger get the best of you. ...
  2. Ask if you can talk face-to-face. Talking one-on-one helps you read facial cues and tone of voice. ...
  3. Listen. ...
  4. Work toward a solution.

How can I be kind to neighbors? ›

We've made a list of the top 5 ways you can be kind to your neighbour.
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5 Ways To Be Kind To Your Neighbour
  1. Have a conversation. ...
  2. Lend a hand. ...
  3. Give words of encouragement. ...
  4. Drop a letter or gift on their doorstep. ...
  5. Share food.

How do people live in a neighborhood? ›

People live together in a neighborhood because at the time of any big problem, danger or calamities like earthquake, flood, theft or major health problems etc. they can take help from each other. Was this answer helpful?

How would you describe an up and coming neighborhood? ›

The biggest sign of change is new homes and businesses popping up in the neighborhood. Restaurants, bars, coffee shops, gyms and nightlife announcements in the press help future residents scout the up-and-coming locales. Pay special attention to the locations mentioned in reviews about new or coming-soon hot spots.

How would your neighborhood be improved ielts? ›

Question 5:- How could your neighbourhood be improved? Answer:- Well, it can be improved by providing more facilities like people feel difficulty in throwing their garbage. So, if it is made mandatory to have a sweeper who can clean and collect the garbage, then it would be icing on the cake.

What is a neighbourhood Class 1? ›

What is a Neighbourhood? The people, the places and the things around our house constitute our neighbourhood. The area around our house is our neighbourhood. People who live near our house are our neighbours. We should help our neighbours.

What are the three types of neighborhood? ›

The three types of communities are rural, urban, and suburban.

What does well established neighborhood mean? ›

adjective. If you say that something is well-established, you mean that it has been in existence for a long time and is successful.

What defines a neighborhood in an appraisal? ›

A neighborhood is an area of complementary land uses. The term neighborhood suggests a variety or balance of complementary land uses. Broad market conditions provide the background for local and neighborhood market influences that have a direct bearing on the value of the subject property.

Why is it important to maintain good relationship with Neighbouring countries? ›

It is important to maintain a good relationship with our neighboring countries in order to maintain peace. It will also be good for our economic development. It will open doors to many opportunities such an import and export of goods, sharing of resources etc.

Do you think it is important for people to socialize with their Neighbours? ›

Final Thoughts

Knowing and socializing with your neighbor is a significant part of community living. Therefore, knowing your neighbors when you move into a new place should be a priority, so make the effort and enjoy a more comfortable and happier experience.

How do Neighbours help each other in your neighborhood? ›

Answer: Some friendly neighbors share dinners, minimizing the effort it takes to cook. Others trade fruit from their trees. A neighbor who borrows a few eggs may come back with a plate of cookies that the eggs helped create.

Do you think it is important to have a good relationship with your Neighbours ielts? ›

Answer:- Yes, it is very important to have a good relationship with neighbours because people deal with them daily and they are those persons who stand by them at their first call. So, it is a must for the people to build a cordial relationship with them.

Why is it important to have good relationship with others? ›

People who have healthy relationships are more likely to feel happier and satisfied with their lives. They are less likely to have physical and mental health problems. Healthy relationships can: increase your sense of worth and belonging and help you feel less alone.

How do you maintain a good relationship with other countries? ›

8 Tips To Improve Your Relationship, Courtesy Of International...
  1. Say what you mean, and prove it. ...
  2. Have an audience. ...
  3. Reciprocity is king. ...
  4. But so is forgiveness. ...
  5. No disagreement is an island. ...
  6. Careful, conflict is easily escalated. ...
  7. The right third party can help. ...
  8. Even symbolic stuff can make a difference.
14 Feb 2018

Why there should be good relationship with? ›

Being in a committed relationship is linked to less production of cortisol, a stress hormone. This suggests that paired people are less responsive to psychological stress, and that the social and emotional support that comes with having a partner can be a great buffer against stress.

How can people improve relationship with neighbor? ›

5 Ways to Create Stronger Neighbor Relationships
  1. Say hello and introduce yourself. ...
  2. Be respectful. ...
  3. Invite them to parties. ...
  4. Offer small kindness. ...
  5. Know when to keep your distance.

What sort of things can Neighbours do to help each other? ›

Ten nice things to do for your neighbor
  • Bring over a home-cooked meal. ...
  • Offer a small gift. ...
  • Start a fundraiser. ...
  • Help anonymously. ...
  • Start a carpooling group. ...
  • Organize neighborhood playdates. ...
  • Partner with a community organization. ...
  • Start a community project.
23 Apr 2021

How would you describe your neighbourhood? ›

All About My Neighbourhood

I live in a great neighbourhood. It is wonderful because it offers us a lot of facilities. The green park near my house makes the area much more beautiful. Similarly, the swings in the park ensure the kids get to play cheerfully all day long.

Do you think your neighbourhood is a good place for children? ›

Answer: No doubt, my neighbourhood is a nice place which has pretty much everything from nice and wide streets to clean ponds and lakes. However, it would be always nice to have new things, like a large swimming pool and a large playground for the children, to make my neighbourhood even a better place for living.

How do you maintain a good relationship with your Neighbours paragraph? ›

  1. 1 Be Friendly but Not Necessarily Friends. If you want to have a better relationship with your neighbors, try being friendly. ...
  2. 2 Be Respectful. You want to be respectful of your neighbors. ...
  3. 3 Be Neighborly. Be neighborly. ...
  4. 4 Take a Small Gift over during the Holidays. ...
  5. 5 Apologize. ...
  6. 6 Keep Your Yard Neat. ...
  7. 7 Let Some Things Go.

Do you think people's relationship with their Neighbours today are the same as they were in the past? ›

No. This depends on the specific time and place, of course. But generally speaking, compared to the past, we now need not have any relationships with our neighbours. In many times and places before, having good relations with your neighbours was something between highly desirable and absolutely vital.

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