As a “Local Expert” on StreetAdvisor, I often have to describe what it’s like to live in a particular neighborhood. I have sold properties in 18 different census tracts, each with multiple sub-neighborhoods that have their own unique character. I am fond of so many places in Chicago — I truly think it’s the best city in America–no joking!
It’s my own neighborhood, Lakewood Balmoral, part of Andersonville –in Chicago’s Edgewater Community, that I have the hardest time describing. I have difficulty explaining what a great community this is, full of warm and caring people who, together, make me forget I live in a hustle-bustle metropolitan area. At times, it’s almost like Mayberry!
NextDoor – Online Network for Neighbors
Many of us belong to NextDoor. If you don’t have this application for your neighborhood- I recommend you start it! It’s a community blog/resource/hub that lets people post classified ads, offers for free give-aways, recommendations for service providers and restaurants, info on crime/safety, and general community updates. It’s a way to get to know your neighbors, but much more, too!
Looking at the posts, one can easily get the flavor of a neighborhood – how many people are members, how they communicate with one another, the general tone of the conversation –these are all indicators of how warm and connected the neighbors are to one another.
So, having said all this, I wanted to share (anonymously) a post and reply from last week’s Lakewood Balmoral NextDoor postings. It’s a glimpse into what makes the Lakewood Balmoral neighborhood great – it’s says exactly what I have difficulty saying myself….
Post from B Sp:
What a neighborhood. Our friend, Carlos, got his Uhaul van stuck this evening. 5300 and 5200 blocks of Wayne both pitched in. V lent snow shovels and called J. J knew whose car needed to be moved. T not only moved his car but helped dig out the van AND move a futon! M lent her shoveling skills and salt. A number of anonymous neighbors offered help in various forms. Thank you all!
It goes both ways-
Several years ago my nephew was visiting when a car was stuck right in from of our house. He dashed out and helped push it out (it took a long time). I never thought about it again. Last summer, I was sitting on the porch when a man walked by and picked up a few pieces of litter that had strayed onto my lawn. I didn’t know him or recognize him. I was aghast. I asked “what are you doing picking up my litter?” He replied that years ago, someone from my house helped push him out of the snow, so he always tries to help out when he passes by—-What a neighborhood!!!
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