There is a section in my city that is heavily latino (the clothing stores, barber shops and grocers are all latino).
I noticed something today while driving through: there seems to be a real sense of community there that I don’t see elsewhere.
The first thing I noticed were all the kids, actually outdoors, some on bikes, others walking with adults. I can drive through other neighborhoods and not see any kids at all.
The next thing I notice are the people gathered outside and talking. I especially see that at the barber shops (funny, there’s like 4 barber shops over the length of less than 1/2 a mile). It’s weird to see people walking down the sidewalk, see someone and say hi, like they know each other. I just don’t see that in other parts of the city.
This is pretty mundane as it gets, but I thought I’d share. Every time I drive through that neighborhood, I am just amazed by the stark difference to all the other neighborhoods in my area.
I wonder why the difference. Why can I drive through other neighborhoods, say my sister’s, where I know there are a bunch of families, and not see any kids, and definitely not see kids out walking with their parents?
Why is it that so many american neighborhoods are so closed off, so uninviting (in N.E., anyway).
Tell me what your neighborhood is like.