I was amused to see Domain running an article today on tips to get to know your neighbours. I wouldn't have thought it was that hard!
But I guess the expert quoted is right that lots of people these days hardly know their neighbours at all. Do you? If not, why? Do you think its just a case of people being really time poor? I suspect it's also a bit to do with the huge fences that people now tend to errect around their houses...
We've got a couple of sets of neighbours that have become good friends and it is fantastic to know they are around to look out for you and your house, water the garden, grab the mail, etc when you're not around.
One of the hardest parts of moving house is leaving good neighbours behind. The 'people next door' are key to a community spirit, and it's nice to help them and appreciated when they help you back!
We have found that our understanding of Indian and Chinese culture has improved significantly by having families either side of us of these backgrounds!
Also the delicious curry smells that waft over the fence pretty much every night are amazing!!
So junkyard one side, corner the other, down the back lives in a daze. A brothel down the road and a couple of labs around the corner.
A few of us have a couple of cold ones every Friday outside one of our houses and we talk rubbish and the wives and kids join in too. Lots of socialising and we have a good network of friends.
My family has lived here for just over 30 years now and before that I used to have school mates living in this street, so there's plenty of history here. We are so lucky to live here and I wouldn't give this up for quids.
An urban designer reckons people who know and trust their neighbours have healthier lives and enjoy a better sense of wellbeing.
There's an article about it on Domain today - https://www.domain.com.au/news/making-neighbourhoods-happier-can-we-fix-our-cities-to-prevent-loneli...
I would be interested to hear from Workshop members about projects or amenities in your communities that help bring people together, or any things you should be built to improve your local area.
I'd like to see empty shops put to creative uses. It's hard for strip shops to compete these days with the shopping centres but I think they are really important as community hubs and perhaps artists could have a role in helping to make them a bit more vibrant and interesting.