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    • Another thing that comes to mind is the lack of front porches. If there were more front porches for folks as places for people to relax and chat with neighbors I think there would be more conversations started.

      A director I used to work for lived at the end of a cul de sac where, in the summertime, everyone brought out a lawn chair and chatted away while the kids played. I think there needs to be a space for community that’s not as intimate as the inside of your home. That’s probably a contributing reason why, per @Chris ‘s article, people who lived near a park felt a greater sense of community.

      Sadly, when the director moved into a more affluent neighborhood, they gained a beautiful big house but lost that sense of community.

    • I read the book you mention here, In the Neighborhood, and found it so fascinating. Thanks so much for posting about it. I am not sure as a female with no good excuse (he had journalism) that I would dare to ask to spend a night in someone's home or receive a positive reply. There was an interesting article online about how being a female in society means we are not as likely to be so outgoing as males, we have to be more cautious in some situations. And I do feel that there is definitely some truth to that.