Are You Neighbourly?



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Paget McCormack writes:

I’m a masters student in the National College of Art and Design [Dublin] and I’m in the middle of designing a service to help revive the traditional neighbourhood. I’m trying to get an idea of what information people would be happy to share with their neighbours. I would be very grateful if some of your readers could help me out by completing this very, VERY short survey.

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20 thoughts on “Are You Neighbourly?

  1. Avon Barksdale

    Pretty much 90% of the inhabitants in my apartment complex think absolutely nothing of completely blanking everyone else, even in the face of a simple ‘howya’ or general courtesy acknowledgement. That’s just the way people seem to be these days. It must be a very sad existence

    1. meadowlark

      That’s really sad. I moved house recently and a number of people popped by while we were moving our stuff in to say hello and offer a hand. It was a lovely welcome to the area.

    2. Spaghetti Hoop

      That could be down to fear, mistrust and/or just the transient nature of the dwellers. If any amount of anti-social behaviour has gone on it can make people mistrust their neighbours and be less likely to extend any niceties. Also, I know people who have grown up in very tight-knit communities where everyone knew their business and net curtains constantly twitched and they actually craved the anonymity of a city apartment block. It’s a choice for some.

    3. manolo

      It is easier to shut down when others don’t reciprocate than to keep the smile up. Change only comes with effort, but here is the reward: the knowledge that your smile can change someone’s day for the better.

      Survey done.

  2. Mikeyfex

    I like my neighbourinos. Drinks with some, toots with others, sex with others, and most importantly, golf with more. Friendly winking weatherman caretaker guy to top it all off.

  3. Condescending Nana

    “What info would you be happy to share with your area (rathmines, blackrock, ranelagh)?”

    Northside a lost cause, I agree.

    1. Clampers Outside!

      Where’s the question that asks?

      Is Sheila in 43 pregnant?
      Was it John in 34 what done it?
      Who is it that is twitching Mary in 24s curtains when she’s out?

      These are the important questions. Not the ‘borrowing’ stuff… “Sorry Mrs Murray, but my lad Tom is away for the week, can I borrow your rabbit for a few days?”

      1. All the good ones fly south for winter

        Was it you who has twitched Mary’s “curtains” whilst she was out, cold.

  4. joj

    Glad to see the back of judgmental communities, ‘I noticed such and such’ I’m friendly with my friends, we have more than idle conversations, travel is not hard like the 1800’s

  5. classter

    Strange survey with useless sampling strategy,

    I wonder if it is a test to see what proportion of respondents will finish the survey once they see that author couldn’t be bothered capitalising proper nouns.

    Or else the author is cleverly matching Broadsheet posts to IP addresses.

    I dunno.

  6. No, the other one

    I did the survey but…
    Questions very broad, would be interested to know how useful the answers can be?
    Also, I’ve recently moved to a new area (nice) from another area (not nice) so my answers are completely different to what they would have been last month
    Interesting that you’ve mentioned some nice leafy burbs (rathmines, blackrock, ranelagh), in other areas you might get very different answers.

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