Neighbourhoods are where we live and establish daily patterns as we move around and beyond them. For some, a neighbourhood is a vaguely sensed backcloth as we scurry along to somewhere else. For others, it is where we relax, chat to passers-by, call at the corner shop, worry about what other people around us do in case they disrupt our living environment with visual or noise intrusions. It is where our intimate private lives bump up against the strangers who are our neighbours (Sandercock 2000). Sometimes the resultant tensions are too great. New people move in with different habits or tolerances. People living elsewhere start using our neighbourhood as a through route. Local green spaces get littered because no one is managing them. Governments propose large projects that threaten massive disruption, which may be temporary or permanent.
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