Moving to Santa Cruz and out of Berkeley, where I grew up, has taught me a number of things. Part of moving to a new house within santa cruz, comes neighbors, and neighborhoods. As college students, and living in a college town, people are adapt to the circulation of new community members, and neighbors when living close to a campus. In different areas, the community relations will differ, however in Santa Cruz, because it is a smaller city, people support, connect with and befriend their neighbors. This vibe of small town communities, encourages community member to interact, whereas for example in Berkeley, this type of neighborhood interaction is limited.
In Berkeley, or a bigger city like atmosphere, people are less concerned about others and more concerned about themselves. Of course people are still connected to the community at large, however the small scale neighborhoods are less likely to interact directly, unless it is necessary for a certain cause. Berkeley, is a city connected to many other cities, increasing flow and population, however Berkeley is some what small compared to other cities such as LA or SF, where I’m sure communicating with direct neighbors is difficult as well. Big cities tend to have less community connection, due to the fact that with more people its harder to get everyone together, or even focused on the same topic. On top of that, these cities may have some houses, but due to influx of people and industry, apartment style living may be more economical. With this type of economy and living situation, people are even more influenced to continue with their lives and not interact with those around them. While cities have less communication and community interaction, smaller towns have more neighborhood relations, and a better immediate community around them.
Small towns, like Santa Cruz, have more community interaction, and neighborhood bonding. From my experience so far, the neighbors here in Santa Cruz, are welcoming and accepting of others, whether that’s a college student or an old couple. In small cities, people usually have some sort of connection to the town, whether it’s family connection, the vibe, or a general common philosophy. People gravitate towards areas they feel confortable, especially in small towns or smaller cities. So, its no surprise that neighbors feel inclined to be connected to one another.
Neighborhoods and neighbors in general, have a complex community and relationships to one another. IN big cities and small cities, the community level is relevant, but may vary in importance and size depending on the area. Its amazing having neighbors that are excited to talk , and love to interact. While its not as clearly possible in bigger cities, neighborhoods are encouraged to continue to support each other and reach out when needed.