Neighbors/neighborhood

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-22-2005
Neighbors/neighborhood
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Sat, 09-11-2010 - 3:25pm
What would you find it odd to NOT know about your neighbors/neighborhood? For example, I would find it odd to not know the name of your next door neighbor, and I would find it odd to not know what school district your neighborhood is zoned to.




















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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-17-2007
Sat, 09-11-2010 - 3:49pm

Based on those criteria, I am not odd.

I even know where the lines are that separate the local elementary schools - at least the lines that abuts ours. We are edge of our school's "district" where 3 schools meet and a fourth is about 1/2 a mile away. The "school district" is another matter, if you know your county, you know your school district.

I am not sure what I would find odd.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-23-2010
Sat, 09-11-2010 - 4:00pm
Hmmm..I would find it odd not to know what school district you are in also.
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2010
Sat, 09-11-2010 - 4:03pm
I'm not sure that I find it *odd* about not knowing anything.
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-22-2005
Sat, 09-11-2010 - 4:15pm

I ask the question because I get the sense that what some people consider normal information to seek out about their neighbors/neighborhood, other people might consider borderline obsessive or an invasion of privacy. And vice versa, what some people consider adequate knowledge of their neighbors/neighborhood, other people might consider woefully oblivious or irresponsible.

So I wonder where different people draw the line between "things I should know about the people around me" and "things about the people around me that are none of my business."





















iVillage Member
Registered: 05-27-1998
Sat, 09-11-2010 - 4:17pm

Not knowing your next door neighbor isn't so odd if you live in a huge apartment building in a city. Not knowing your school district would be odd unless you're a retiree or a single person and don't have any kids. Come to think of it, I didn't know what school district I was in when I was renting and didn't have kids.



I do think it's a good thing to know if you own your place, regardless of family status. Being in a good district helps to sell your place.



I know in some towns, there is school choice, so the district you're in doesn't matter so much.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2010
Sat, 09-11-2010 - 4:38pm

I wonder where different people draw the line between "things I should know about the people around me" and "things about the people around me that are none of my business."



First, I think the line is where the individuals draw it.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-15-2006
Sat, 09-11-2010 - 4:54pm

i think it would be odd to not know your neighbor's name or school district, too..honestly, i find it odd to not know neighbors personally and by that, i don't mean being best

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-23-2010
Sat, 09-11-2010 - 5:01pm

ITA with you. Only one neighbor did we not know for years but now we are all happy we met and get together on occasions for drinks, parties.



I still have kids who go to school so I am the bus stop with the other neighbors so you get to know everyone from that and from going to PTA meetings meeting other neighbors who do not live right next door. I also went to school with many of my neighbors as they either built on their parents home, bought near their childhood homes or their parents still live near me and talk to me about them and what they are doing now.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-15-2006
Sat, 09-11-2010 - 5:12pm

everyone's experience is different because we draw from personal experiences...what i share might sound intrusive in that i don't mind and totally welcome the neighbor that stops by to talk.

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2009
Sat, 09-11-2010 - 5:17pm
I have to confess I do not know my next door neighborms name. When we first moved here there was a nice couple living there, Charlie and Rose. Then Rose died, and a few years later Charlie started courting and eventually married and moved in to her home. The house sat practically empty for awhile. Then Charlie came by and told us his son and his wife would be moving in. When they did, we went over and said hello and stuff, but if he told us his first name then I do not remember it. It's been three or four years and we still think of him as Rose and Charlie's son. We havenMt seen the wife for awhile and think she may have left poor Charlie's son.

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