There was a time when neighbors knew neighbors, the children, where everyone worked … or did not work. The blue-collar worker lived next to the teacher or social worker. Neighborhoods were diverse, yet location and residing side by side presented more healthy commonalities than differences.
Children were known and neighbors would correct the problem child, or certainly report their misbehavior to parent’s. Concern about keeping up the neighborhood was as much a part of daily culture as was getting the kids off to school, completing homework and being home before dark.
And while through the years a number of things have changed, one commonality for many pockets in Milwaukee’s central city and beyond is the sense of pride, neighborliness and unity in the community.
Over the course of this year, we have journeyed through Milwaukee neighborhoods, shining a light on the people, places and organizations who continually strengthening the community. On August 5, 2012 the Milwaukee Community Journal will celebrate 36 years of highlighting such organizations, advocates and everyday people who embody the spirit of neighborhood.
It wasn’t so long ago when neighbors knew neighbors, and as we’ve seen over the course of this year, that spirit of neighborliness still exists.