TAKE ACTION TODAY
- Meet a neighbor you've never met before. Simply knock on the door and introduce yourself. Take over something you've baked or grown in your garden, or invite them to your house for a beverage or a snack.
- Make yourself more available to your neighbors.
- Mow your front lawn, wash your car, go for a walk, or play with your children outside. Or, if you see neighbors doing the same, go out and visit.
- Plan a neighborhood yard sale or a block party.
- Write a quarterly neighborhood newsletter.
- The average dual-career couple works a combined 18.2 hours a day.
- Urban sprawl is creating longer commutes—approximately 25 minutes per day.
- People spend less than 15 minutes per day doing outside chores and gardening compared to over 3 hours watching TV or movies and surfing on the Internet.
- The average person or family has friends over for dinner about 45% less often than they did in the 70s.
- In 1926, the first electric automated garage door opener was invented by C. G. Johnson, beginning the drive-in-and-shut-the-door method of entering your home.
- The increased number of fenced backyards, coupled with the disappearance of front porches and verandas, has privatized residences more than ever.