Have you ever thought what makes a neighborhood? I've pondered this lately looking at small pocket neighborhoods, mid sized neighborhoods, and those gargantuan Master Planned Communities with golf courses and swim parks.
I recall from yesteryear what made a neighborhood didn't seem so confusing as today. A neighborhood surely has its demographics whether it be baby boomers raising their kids, the Active Adult retirement areas, the Empty Nester neighborhood or condo association, etc. But neighborhoods essentially come down to people. People getting along with each other and perhaps with block parties, Bunco games, or Fall and Spring festivals getting to know each other a little better as people outside their work lives.
Used to be a neighborhood was just a collection of your junior high friends around the corner that you saw each morning at the bus stop. The world has changed in terms of neighborhoods with front porches turning into backyard patios and decks. Climbing trees and running to come into dinner before it got dark has turned into staying inside for too long playing video games on the big screen TVs.
I'm all for embracing change but sometimes I think the community of the past with squealy kids on swingsets was not such a bad place to live. How's your neighborhood these days?