5. Know Your Neighbors

Make a list of the names and phone numbers of everyone on your block.

Call them about concerns or let them know about neighborhood problems.

Make a list of the names and phone numbers of every neighbor on your block. Not just two neighbors — set a goal of at least 10 and preferably 20 or 30.

Find almost any citizen who has turned around a problem block and you will find a citizen who really knows the people who live there.

Did you grow up in a neighborhood where “everyone knew each other” and find that today your neighborhood isn’t like that? That’s true for many people. That’s not “society’s” fault. That’s our fault, and we can fix it.

Unless you know neighbors’ names and numbers, you can’t call them about a concern or let them know about a neighborhood problem. Learn the names and phone numbers of your neighbors this weekend.