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  • Lindsey Smith

    Thanks for posting! I'm so excited -- 3 weeks and counting

  • Mike Fretto

    It's interesting to see these types of ideas, but I would argue that we may need to shift our focus on how we communicate with one another. Might we be so accustomed to technology and messaging tools that we have simply lost sense of how to talk to and interact with another human being? We need to reach out to our community members personally. Isn't that what we are after here as neighbors?

    Rather than slipping a note under a door and "heading for the hills," why don't we bring that neighbor we barely know, a plate of cookies or a six pack of beer and actually introduce ourselves? If we want tighter neighborhoods, we have to be willing to put ourselves out there, it shouldn't be written on a piece of paper that says so. The idea of a "phone tree" is great, but what are some reasons that neighbors will want your phone number in the first place? Do you know your neighbor's story? Do you know what they are passionate about or even what their needs are? Let's stop over-thinking this and go out and actually talk to our neighbors! We don't need trendy fill-in-the-blanks handouts and thank you note templates—we just need to take the initiative to knock on our neighbor's door and say hello. I truly believe this is the path to a true feeling of interconnectedness and neighborhood improvement.

    • Kathleen Bailey

      I agree, but in my multicultural city, Toronto, I also need to know whether my neighbour will like my brownies, or is more prone to liking almond cookies, as many of my Chinese Canadian colleagues do at work. Some people are shy - I can see that you might not want to have your phone number out there.

    • Biruta

      Mike i agree with you, although a little party never hurt anyone, really connecting with you neighbors on a personal level has always worked for me. About 5 years ago i moved into a new neighborhood and after getting set up I immediately invited all my neighbors to a cocktail party , they ALL came as they were curious about the new "kids on the block" Well they turned out to be wonderful people who had never done anything all together before, now a couple of the girls walk together regularly and we all do dinners on a rotating basis . For me the cherry on the top was that i live most of the year in China for business and these kind people keep an eye on my property and when i come back home they are there with open arms to welcome me back to my community. What I am getting at is that you have to make the first authentic step towards friendship ,whatever it is . Just be fearless and put yourself out there you get back so much more that you give,

      • Mike Fretto

        Biruta, that's awesome! I'm so glad to hear that. You're right—I really think so much of it has to do with putting ourselves out there and making that first effort. I suppose I have grown a little skeptical of things that like a fill-in-the-blank type letter that, in essence, still keeps us distant. You are right—having a gathering or reaching out to really get to know our neighbors is what will create the neighborhood I think these efforts are trying to get at.

        • Alessandra Rizzotti

          I think so many people are excited to get out there and actually get neighbors together for Neighborday, and it's realy up to the GOOD community to shape their own events/get-togethers. Flyers definitely help with the promotional aspect- and I know without them, I wouldn't have people coming to my Neighborday.