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Doors slams in face of community spirit; WeSAY IN OUR OPINION.

(Good neighbours - pages 10&11) THE news that one Cardiff resident in four has never knocked on their neighbours' door is a startling indictment of the times we live in.

Gone are the days, it seems, when neighbours would lean over the garden fence for a chat or share a friendly chin-wag while fetching the morning paper.

Instead an increasing number of residents appear to be happy to keep to themselves, viewing the family next door as complete strangers.

It is a sad state of affairs to think that 30% of people do not even know their neighbours' names while for some residents, collecting a parcel has become the only reason for needing to venture round to a neighbour and knock on their door.

This is a worrying sign that friendly close-knit communities could soon become a thing of the past.

Projects like the Big Lunch are trying to rejuvenate some of the community spirit that has fallen by the wayside and we can only hope that more people realise the value of knowing their neighbours and make more of an effort to find the time to say hello.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 11, 2013
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