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We’ve all heard a member of the older generation exclaiming that in their day they never had to lock their front door, everyone knew each other and you could pop in to see a neighbor whenever you pleased! Well times have changed, haven’t they? Many neighborhoods and communities just aren’t like that anymore or the very idea of community just doesn’t exist in some areas. If you want to rekindle some of what your grandparents experienced or you want to create a closer knit community then check out these 5 easy steps you can take to make a difference and make your neighborhood a better place.
Speak to members of any community and they’ll probably all agree that parking is a huge sticking point. Whether it’s dangerous parking or someone being thoughtless and not allowing enough room for wheelchair or pram access – it’s enough to pit people against each other! So consider some signage! A sign that prevents people from parking at any time or something a little more advisory(speak to your local council first and see what advice they can provide on the matter) s a great solution.
Talk to those around you
Many of us don’t know our neighbors, let alone being able to speak on a first name basis. If you’re eager to create a sense of community then it’s a good idea to go ahead and make the first move. The next time you see a neighbor just smile and engage them in a conversation. If they’re not interested you will catch their vibe but making the effort is crucial for making your neighborhood a better place. Let them know you’re hoping to pull the neighborhood closer together and you’re open to any ideas they might have. They’re sure to tell others!
Keep up your property
Keeping your garden and yard neat and tidy and not allowing things like drain pipes and driveways to fall into disrepair will not only give your neighborhood a pleasant, aesthetic look but it’ll also urge your neighbors to do the same. If there’s a property in the area that is abandoned or empty then work together as a community to pull weeds and clear debris. If there is an elderly neighbor who needs some help just pop on over and offer it. Keeping your property in tip top shape is a great way to keep your property values high and make your neighborhood a better place.
Get to know the Po Po
Speaking to your local police department can help to bring your neighborhood together. Not only is a police officer a deterrent for crime, but if there are other issues like speeding or theft in your area then you will know who to go to for help. You can even speak to them about creating a neighborhood watch or block party where everyone can mingle!
Encourage a Get Together
Again, it might be up to you to make the effort to arrange a walk, ladies game night or a litter pick around your neighborhood! You would be surprised but there are probably several other men, woman and children around you who are thinking the same thing and would love to get to know the people who live around them! You can arrange a BBQ or buffet for everyone in the neighborhood to attend and no doubt you will be on your way to a better neighborhood!