I grew up in the suburbs and have lived all over the place. I now live in Washington DC and in my experience, cities have more of a sense of community than the burbs. Is this other people’s experience?
I ask because I have seen a number of threads from people living in the suburbs complaining about neighbors who park in front of their house, don’t take care of their yard, etc. etc. A lot of times, people will report their neighbors to home owners’ associations or even the police. This just doesn’t seem to happen as much in the city.
I’m not trying to belittle other people’s problems. I know a bad neighbor can make life hard, but it seems to me that a lot of these problems stem from lack of communication between the participants. Here in DC, I’ve had problems with neighbors, but it has always been addressed directly in a discussion on the street between me and the neighbor, no one calls the authorities to report the other person (maybe because no one in DC gov, would particularly care, but that’s a different issue).
It seems to me that living in close proximity with a diverse group of people forces urban people to get along. It would never occur to me to complain about someone parking in front of my house, it’s the city, everyone parks everywhere. Also yard care just isn’t that big a deal for people, some folks have nice yards, others, not so much.
In my experience, cities just have a better sense of community, people say hello to each other on the street, neighbors for the most part try not to tick each other off and everyone pretty much gets along.
So people who have lived in both city and burb: what do you think? Do you think people in cities get along better and if so, why?