On November 27, 2006, the Los Angeles Times had this article titled "Where to hear, 'Hi, neighbor!: in the suburbs", by Roy Rivenburg. So I guess the suburbs aren't creating a culture of introverts after all.
But I have a confession. I've been talking less to some of my neighbors since I found out last summer the previous owner of my home promised that we (my husband and I/the new home owners) would let all the neighbor kids swim in our pool.
When a neighbor told me this, I stammered and managed to say, "Whaaaaaaa....uhhhhhh...mmmmm. Okay,well, nice talking with you. Bye."
Gee...what a great idea? Why didn't I think of that? Um...maybe because it's my house now and I don't want a dozen wet, screaming kids who are way younger than my nearly college-aged child running around my backyard while I'm trying to get work done. But I hear other people in the suburbs are very neighborly (and the study confirms that); I'm just an exception, I suppose. Anyway, I figure if I don't stop to chat with the lady across the street she won't have another opportunity to remind me that "The previous owner was a very, very nice lady." So I guess I must be a very, very mean lady. But the suburbs had nothing to do with it.
Also from the L.A. Times (12/3/06) came a fun and interesting piece called, "Oh, go ahead and insult us," by Amy Wilentz. She makes some good points about why people love to hate Los Angeles.
Near the end of her article she asks, " So will there ever be a culture Los Angeles can look down on?" Anyone who lives in the San Fernando Valley knows the answer to that, right?