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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, in the neighborhood, in the neigh-bor-hood. . .

It's a great day when I can leave my car parked on the street all day and still feel like I accomplished a lot. Today was one of those days. I biked Lucas and a friend to summer camp over at New City School this morning and then continued on to WashU for class. I met up with a friend at the Forest Park Visitor's Center for lunch and hung around to study. Later, I biked back to New City to pick up the kids around 3:30. Headed over to play group down the street at 4:00 (had to make a couple of trips back and forth for clean clothes - you don't want to know why) and then ran a couple of errands down Euclid, first to the pharmacy (yes, related to all the dirty clothes) and then to Cassie's to pick up a gift for the babysitter. Got home in time to make chocolate chip cookies with the kids and call it a day - well almost a day, there are still dirty dishes and pre-soaking clothes awaiting my attention. But it has definitely been a full day and I barely left the boundaries of the CWE.

Someone looking to move into the neighborhood with a young family recently asked me about raising a family in the CWE, about the number of kids in the neighborhood and safety concerns. I'm always happy to give someone my 10 cents about living here, but I'm curious what others have to say, or would say, to people who ask.

What are the things you like about living here with kids? What are your concerns?

The next time someone asks, I'd love to be able to say "I can speak for at least 5 or 10 other families when I say . . . ," so please share your thoughts.

2 comments:

Ria said...

One of the things I love is that families in the CWE have made a conscious choice to be HERE... it's a subtle thing but the corollaries are that they are great neighbors, i.e., they are involved, conscientious and generally neighborly. If you are looking for people who share their toys, books, a cup of sugar, and their backyards, you'll find them in the CWE.

LisaS said...

There's so many things I love about this neighborhood .... so I'll pick two.

Walkability: I like that my kids are growing up with the knowledge that you don't have to drive everywhere, that you can live places where daily automobile use is a choice, not a necessity.

Small town feel: you never know who you'll run into while you're out walking to the library, grocery. I can hardly leave my stoop without seeing someone I know.