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Old January 8th, 2013, 11:49 AM   #1
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Skydwellers: how well do you know your neighbours?

The place I live know I know who's on my floor, but besides greeting each other in the elevator hall way there isn't much interaction going on. In Marina City I knew my neighbours better, but I guess is that's because we had amenities like a little supermarket downstairs, a shared laundry room and other places where you would meet more often.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 01:08 PM   #2
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In the city I have never known my neighbours, other then the casual talk. That was different when I lived in a small village.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 03:41 PM   #3
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I know a few only, specially some good looking girls 2 floors above me, and 3 below, I'm kinda very open in that aspect .

Seriously, Jan you're right, hard to make friends in a world that spins faster than an electron, in the US where I used to live they tend to keep to themselves, out of 25 houses in my street, I only met 2 families in a period of 10 years. I had more friends from other cities than my own neighborhood.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 01:41 AM   #4
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Over here it's polite to greet your neighbours but nobody really knows each other, especially in larger apartment buildings. In my current building, I kind of know who lives in my staircase but I don't really talk to them.

But I wouldn't say it's always different in small city. My father lived in a private house in a small town near Tallinn for 11 years and he only talked to the neighbours in adjacent buildings and even that very rarely
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Old January 10th, 2013, 02:50 AM   #5
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I am not a big fan of neighbour interaction but my neighbours are so you can't escape their chitchat urge even if it's just for an elevator ride.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 04:18 AM   #6
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The Southern US is for the most part an extremely sociable environment and it's not for those who aren't very sociable.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 08:19 PM   #7
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The Southern US is for the most part an extremely sociable environment and it's not for those who aren't very sociable.
Some places are just the same, people tend to keep to themselves in a way.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 12:24 AM   #8
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The place I live know I know who's on my floor, but besides greeting each other in the elevator hall way there isn't much interaction going on...
Same here. Probably also because people don't stay long here and there are few occasions to meet each other.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 07:10 AM   #9
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I've seen every body who lives on my floor, and will say hello to them... but that is about as far as the interaction goes. We keep to ourselves, and they to them selves.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 09:06 AM   #10
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i know some of my neighbors, one of whom is a friend of mine. but i think everyone in the building knows about the FHM model who lives on the 3rd floor and the daughter of the former dictator on the 4th
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Old January 11th, 2013, 09:52 PM   #11
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these are more interesting persons to have interaction with.
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Old January 12th, 2013, 12:14 AM   #12
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Unfortunately, I don't know my neighbors a lot. Actually, I recognize only one woman living on my floor (and there are eight flats on the floor). I guess that's because most of dwellers are pensioners and they don't go out really often. Anyway, I can say the other people living in my building know themselves quite a lot! We have a shop next to the lobby and every time I shop there, all those all ladies greet each other and chat.
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Old January 12th, 2013, 05:45 PM   #13
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I'm looking forward to see how it will go when I move to a newly built apartment coming spring.
Everybody will be new there, which will result in new group dynamics.
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Old January 14th, 2013, 01:09 AM   #14
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I really want to get to know my neighbors but doesnt have the chance to. That's gonna be my target this yr.
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Old July 24th, 2013, 08:23 AM   #15
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What I can say is that if you want a good neighbor, be a great neighbor. The benefits of knowing your neighbor extend into numerous places. Read even more here.
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Old July 24th, 2013, 08:48 AM   #16
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Read even more here.
I read that as: all the stuff your neighbour can ask you to do.

It would be an interesting study to see if skyscraper residents are more introvert / extrovert than people living in urban neighborhoods. I'm quite comfortable just knowing who my neighbors are without being well acquainted. Skyscrapers are catering toward a more private life style I guess.

Marina City did have something of a vertical neighborhood feeling to it though, but that's probably because they contain 1600 apartments with affordable units (hence with more accessible residents) and a number of shared amenities, like a grocery store, where you would bump into each other all the time.
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Old July 24th, 2013, 05:51 PM   #17
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So did you meet new friends in those shared amenaties? Like you invite each other to come and visit?
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Old July 24th, 2013, 06:05 PM   #18
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That depends on how you define 'friend'. From my point of view, Americans tend to consider anyone who is friendly 'a friend'. As such, one can have many friends, and these are the kinds of friend you make easily in a building like Marina City.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 09:50 PM   #19
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and a number of shared amenities, like a grocery store, where you would bump into each other all the time.
I'm still missing that in the Calypso. Only have small conversations in the elevator.
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Old July 27th, 2013, 12:03 PM   #20
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Yeah we need a huiskamercafé downstairs
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