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    • Come to think of it, the strongest community I can remember was in married student housing at college. The apartments formed a ring around playgrounds for the kids and the parents came out to tend them. We were all poor, around the same age, with the same struggles (passing our classes). The rich in Silicon Valley often choose neighborhoods in the hills set back in the trees to get privacy. They may get loneliness as part of a package deal.

      There are some fascinating studies about the design of public spaces and sense of community.

      It's from here:

    • 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.