Good neighbors, bad neighbors, no neighbors
We've probably all had bad neighbors at one point or another. Noisy, rude, messy, scary ... Wonk reader M, on a post about code enforcement, noted that a neighbor "puts his trash out on the street whenever he wants, no can, only a big trash bag," which brings the truly uninvited sort of neighbors -- rats.
Hopefully we've all had good neighbors, too. Friendly, helpful, fun. I sure miss the friendly, helpful and fun family who lived near us for years, sharing hellos, advice and baby items.
Then there's the absence of neighbors -- empty homes in between renters, up for sale or foreclosed. They can be perfectly fine or a malignant tumor on a street. Eighty percent of U.S. city mayors, managers and code enforcers said in a recent survey (sponsored by a municipal software company) that citizen complaints related to foreclosures have gone up in the last year. Top beefs: unkempt yards and property damage.
What kind of neighbors do you have?