it’s a simple thing
Growing up in small town Wisconsin, you know everyone and everyone knows you. It’s nice. There’s always a sense of community and your neighbor is always there for you. It didn’t matter where you were or what time of year it was, if you were outside walking you, would extend a greeting to anyone you passed by. For me, it’s been an adjustment living in DC because there isn’t that sense of neighborhood community.
After reading an article on the DCist yesterday, I think I found a sense of community. Maria Fyodorova, resident of LeDroit Park, is behind the “hello” movement of LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale.
I believe that most people want to feel like they are part of a community and would be willing to say “hello” if they knew that it was okay and expected. Saying a simple phrase like “hello” is about maintaining a good neighborhood culture.
I agree with Fyodorvoa, friendliness is lacking and so is the neighborly connection. I’m excited about the “hello” campaign that is being pushed in my neighborhood. Here’s the except from Fyodorova’s post on Bloomingdale’s blog:
Spring has sprung – isn’t this a good time to say “hi” to your neighbor? Unfortunately, it seems, many of our neighbors have recently moved from places where saying “hello” on the street was not the custom. They look at you strangely, when you say “hi.” Or they avert their eyes. That makes me sad! One of the things we loved most about LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale when we moved here was that everyone said “hello”!But all is not lost.
I am looking for a few volunteers who want to bring back the “neighbor” to our neighborhood. I am thinking of a small behavior change communications campaign. We’ll make flyers! We’ll walk the streets, smiling! We’ll have fun!
So, folks, get out there and say hello!