Everyone can be a good neighbor and help build a better neighborhood
At this point in your life, you may have already come to the realization that while you can pick your neighborhood you can’t pick your neighbors any more than you have a choice in relatives. That’s the way life works. However, you may have also discovered that you can choose how you relate to your neighbors just like you can with your family. You may be pleasantly surprised to learn how relatively easy it is to enjoy good relations with your neighbors no matter where you live.
When you move into a new neighborhood, you have a choice to make. The first option is to closet yourself and your family in the home and begrudgingly interact with your neighbors if you do so at all. Another choice is to be the neighborhood ombudsman of sorts and go out of your way to know and engage with your neighbors. The third choice is somewhere in the middle, the sweet spot of neighborly relations, which is where many people who want to help improve the neighborhood end up.
The founders of Neighborly Town have discovered through personal experience that developing neighbors into good friends can be easy and fun. We believe that more people would choose to do so if they had practical suggestions and inspiring stories about how to be more neighborly. This speaks to our mission and the purpose of this introductory article.