Joni Daniels's Reviews > In The Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time

In The Neighborhood by Peter Lovenheim
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Apr 24, 2011

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It left me with a sense of sadness. The author's current neighborhood experience sounds like little has changed there over the years (from what I recall knowing as an outsider - I lived in the same town but a different area.) and the street with large lovely homes on well manicured lots contain people who are too busy and disconnected to create a sense of neighborliness. We used to connect through carpools, school bus stops, paperboys, and lawn care. Now those things have been replaced, leaving people more isolated than ever. It sounded as if without the book served as a springboard to get to know his neighbors and without it (and the tragedy that set it all in motion), it might never have happened. Overall, I was left feeling grateful that I've made a point of getting to know the people who live around me. And it laeft me wondering if the experiences changed the author in a fundamental way: will he extend himself to neighbors more in the future.? Will he serve as a ocnnector for others? The benefits certainly seem to outweigh the discomfort
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