When I was a child, in the 50s, there was a reliance upon neighbors to maintain an awareness of what was happening around them.
There was contact between neighbors and neighborhoods were formed. This neighborhood contact spread to communities and the realization of shared needs and goals spread within the community. Family triumphs were enjoyed by the community, while tradgedies were shared by everyone. It was a time of concern for one another made possible by community functions; a gathering place for special times and events. A special place designed to draw everyone together to engage the community and forge friendships. Friendships that grew, while neighborhood pride rose to the surface.