Pardon the Mister Rogers reference there, I couldn't resist. Several of you have asked me what's the best way to make friends with your neighbors, and I think the first step is just to welcome them to the neighborhood. To that end, I've got five ideas I think you'll like.
If you're like me, you just sort of run your errands and go to work and come home, and never really stop and chat with the people who live near you. We've become a society that craves human contact and yet isn't social. So friending your neighbors, or at least developing a rapport of some sort, is a good thing to do.
When we first moved to our neighborhood, the people across the street popped over with a bottle of wine. They brought their kids, and it was a really lovely way to be welcomed to the neighborhood. Think about it, the only time you usually speak to your neighbors is when there is a problem. Why not make an effort to create some goodwill before that?