Wednesday, April 21, 2010
It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
We moved to the neighborhood in which we live almost 3 years ago. At first we "met" our immediate neighbors on each side. You know, "Hi my name is ---------" & that's about it. Slowly, but surely, we met some neighbors a few doors down. We started the sort of neighborly relationship in which you can say, "May I walk your dog?" "May I borrow an onion?" & stuff like that.
We've met neighbors by going for walks.
We bought artwork for our front yard that everyone can enjoy.
People stop to talk to us about it.
By knocking on the door & asking about their flowers.
By bringing Christmas treats to them, even if we didn't even know their names before.
Slowly over the last 2 years, we've been building some neighbor bonds. We love this neighborhood. We want to stay here for a long time. We want to learn how to work at making it a better neighborhood.
Last weekend, we went to a neighborhood bbq.
Some neighbors are starting up a little neighborhood Bible Study that we are going to part of.
We are now moving beyond just knowing peoples names. We are really getting to know people. We are so excited about this!
Now, what else can we do? I've thought a lot about neighborhood associations.
What makes a good one? What makes a bad one?
How do you organize something to get people working together to improve the neighborhood, without making them feel like you are infringing on their private space?
We want to inspire & aid neighbors in creating good curb appeal. Practically how is this done?
It would be nice to have a venue where people can be reminded of neighborly courtesies & hopefully lessen the need to call the police or the animal shelter.
I'd like to organize something so we can all know what sort of work & businesses people have, so we can try to "keep it local".
I want to get to know people well enough, so that we can be a real blessing to them in their need.
Tell me your neighborhood experiences.
What do you think our next step should be in improving our neighborhood?