We have lived in the same house for 30 years. When we moved in, there were only a few young families, and the elderly couple across the street was so excited to have “nice, young family” move in. The elderly couple have both died, and until a year or so age, the neighborhood was mainly full of middle aged couples whose children had grown and moved away.
Many houses have changed hands lately, and this week I counted seven new families on our block, each having or about to have a new baby. There are many more older children as well. Now we are the older couple welcoming “nice, young families” to the neighborhood. It is good to see and hear children again. We have to be hypervigilant backing out of the driveway so no one gets run over. It is the price we pay for progress, I guess.
The cultural makeup has changed, too. When we moved in, most of our neighbors were Roman Catholics, and many were of Czech heritage. Most were people whose families had lives in the area for several generations. Three families were even related to one another. That is completely different now, and our neighbors are a mix of locals and new people, and they are far less public about their religious views.
How has your neighborhood changed since you moved in? If you have recently moved, how is your new neighborhood different than your old one?