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What Happened to the Neighborhood?

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What happened to the neighborhood is an article about how neighborhoods are no longer how they used to be. People rarely talk to one another. The people next door believe they can do whatever they wish even if that includes stealing your hard earned possessions. We need to join together and take back the neighborhood. Make it the place it used to be back in the old days.

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I Remember A Time

I can remember a time when the word neighbor stood for something good.

A time when everyone in the neighborhood watched out for one another.

If you needed to borrow a cup of sugar it was no problem. The neighbors had your back .

You didn’t worry about your children. They could go outside to play or ride their bicycles unsupervised. Everyone had a watchful eye.

No one had to worry.

If someone was going to be away for a few days he knew his place would be safe.

Most of the time he even left his doors unlocked.


Today People Rarely Speak

In today’s world people barely know their neighbors. People rarely speak except for the occasional hello.

And there is no trust in the people who live next door.

Notice I didn’t say neighbor because they rarely do justice to that word.


The Good Old Days Are Gone

The good old days one remembers is gone. No longer can he leave his doors and windows unlocked.

Or even think about leaving anything worth value outside.

That nice patio set or a grill could very well be gone by morning. Or his mower could grow feet and walk away.

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He best keep an eye on his belongings because someone might need a dime or two.

What Has Happened To People

What has happened to people today? What goes through their minds? Do they think we owe them something? Maybe they believe we should pay their bills?

Then they wouldn’t stoop so low as to steal water from an outdoor water spicket, hook up to your electric meter illegally or just use whatever is sitting outside in your yard without permission.

It seems like they just do whatever they want. No one else in the neighborhood matters.

Take The Neighborhood Back

It’s time to take our neighborhoods' back.

Install camera’s or door bell videos. Put up motion detector lights or leave your outside lights on at night.

Ring has a very good selection of doorbells, indoor and outdoor cameras, and etc. that have the capability of capturing videos. These can be used to file police reports.

They also have great lighting for pathways and motion sensors to monitor one’s home both inside and out.

Ring Doorbell & Cameras

My mother has the ring doorbell and it operates on rechargeable batteries.

I have the ring indoor camera that plugs right into the wall.

After a 30 day trial you can subscribe for $3.00 a month to keep the video service.

It is worth the peace of mind.

Ring Indoor Camera


Join A Neighborhood Group

Join a neighborhood watch program or an app on your smart phone.

We have an app called Next Door in our area.

Here we can alert the community whenever there is a theft. We can share ring videos or any information we would like too.


Don't Let People Ruin The Neighborhood

It is sad that we have to take these measures, but don’t let people ruin your neighborhood.

Take action. Join together. Let's take our neighborhoods back.

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BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 06, 2020:


I'm so glad you have great neighbors. Most of mine are terrific too...but it seems like we always get that one troublesome one.

I remember the good old days.

Have a great day.

Alyssa from Ohio on November 06, 2020:

I remember weekends at my grandparents' where the neighbors would stop over to borrow a cup of sugar or to use the phone. My husband and I have been very fortunate to have amazing neighbors, especially where we live now. We all work together and consider each other family. Of course, when we were younger we had a few neighbors who were a lot like what you described above, but thankfully we no longer have to deal with that.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 28, 2020:


It seems you have a real smile, so I think you will be fine.

Take care & have a nice day!

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on October 28, 2020:

Probably not my problem at all.

As long as mine is real


BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 27, 2020:


It takes all kinds.

Times have definitely changed & so have the people.

I am glad yo hear you have a neighborhood watch group.

Take care.

manatita44 from london on October 27, 2020:

I did not know they can hook up to your electricity. Wow! Sophisticated!

Im in a neighbourhood watch group and I get helpful news sometimes

Yes. Times have changed. Stay blessed.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 26, 2020:


We often don't know names either, but sometimes a smile can be fake.

Thanks for stopping by for a read.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on October 26, 2020:

This is so relatable

But in our part(b4) we don't even know their names but when we met outside

It's strange cause we gave smile to each other

I guess smile is everything hahaha

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 25, 2020:


Thank you.

That too is a shame...that we are always in a rush instead of enjoying each moment of life.

There is a hello or a friendly nod but most are busy with their own routines. Gone are the days of sitting on grandma's porch...just relaxing in the neighborhood.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 25, 2020:


Yes, that sounds alot like my neighborhood.

There is only one specific apartment that consistently gets renters that seem to be a problem.

Just when you think it's going to be better...there is another problem child moving in.

These one think it's okay to steal water from my outdoor spicket and borrow things from my neighbors in yhe middle of the a wagon or whatever they want to use.

Thus.. the cameras. It is a shame I need to spend money to look after my place...but it does work.

I'm so glad you live in a great neighborhood right now.

Have a great day.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 25, 2020:

Brenda, I agree, life isn't as it used to be when we were growing up. I'm pleased to say the people who live on my street are not only neighbors, but many of them are friends as well. We share good times and bad and always help each other out.

That said, a couple of years ago, one of our neighbors who was a drug addict, started taking homeless addicts into his home. Suddenly, cars were broken into for cigarettes and loose change at wee hours of the morning. We all knew the source of the thefts, but they were never caught. That prompted me to have surveillance cameras installed on several locations of the exterior of my home. That neighbor ended up dying of an overdose and the thieves no longer had a place to go. Thank God, our neighborhood is safe once again.

Ankita B on October 25, 2020:

So true what you have expressed in this nice article, Brenda. Even we hardly know our neighbours and people are always in a rush. Thank you for sharing this article.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 25, 2020:


One would think that if you lived in town you would know your neighbors...since the houses are so close.

But these are the days I yearn for the country with no one else around.

I cannot believe the things my neighbors do & I see on my ring video.

So much for the pandemic bringing us closer...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 25, 2020:


I know the Ring has definitely gave me peace of mind or a bit of. ..I Don't Believe It syndrome ...when watching videos.

It can be enlightening. .my neighbors actually steal my water from an outdoor water spicket.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 25, 2020:


It is nothing like it used to be.

I don't know how some of these kids were raised...but they have no respect for others.

Have a great day.

Lorna Lamon on October 25, 2020:

Sadly the days of neighbours looking out for each other is rare. We live in quite a close-knit community, however, living out in the countryside we still depend on our neighbours.

My sister lives in the town and doesn't know her neighbours, apart from the odd 'hello'. I thought that this pandemic would bring neighbourhoods together for all the right reasons, and I hope that this may still be the case. As you say Brenda there is always that one person who spoils it. Great article.

Rosina S Khan on October 25, 2020:

I guess the neighbors are not what they used to be like in the good old days. It looks like it really is the time to take the neighborhoods' back, and the ring is a must.

Diana Carol Abrahamson from Somerset West on October 24, 2020:

So true.Neighnourly kindness and common decency is lacking in this modern insular society where people are always in a rush. You still get kindness here and there amongst neighbours, but it is not so prevalent these days.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 24, 2020:


The ring is getting to almost be a necessity.

It really does help & I don't have to worry about my mother or my own place.

I do have a few great neighbors...but it takes alot to do that word justice.

Not like the good old days.

Have a great day.

Li-Jen Hew on October 24, 2020:

Hi Brenda. I enjoyed your poems about neighbors. The word 'neighbor' has almost lost its meaning, like what you mentioned, "they rarely do justice to that word." If only the world was a safe place and we didn't have to worry about doors being unlocked. Glad you managed to experience the good old days. Cool, Ring is something to consider. I support the idea that we should take our neighbors back!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 24, 2020:


If only...time would allow & the good old days of friendliness would appear again.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 24, 2020:


It is great to have a few good neighbors.

I have some excellent ones, but one bad one can upset the whole neighborhood.

It's hard to sleep at night when they are awake at all hours and have no respect for others.

I imagine the good old days might have had a few problems, but I still wish we could bring those times back.

Enjoy your evening.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 24, 2020:

The good old days may be gone forever, but fortunately, we have some great neighbors, and we look out for one another. We share food items, pick up each other's mail, etc. While we do not know all of our neighbors, we do have some good ones around us, and that is what counts.

Kalpana Iyer from India on October 24, 2020:

You are so right about neighborhoods not existing the way they were before. Everyone is occupied in their own worlds, and in this fast-paced life, no one has the luxury of time to interact with others.

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