Reply To: Does anyone talk to their neighbours anymore?
Any from of apartment building has various areas in which chance encounters can take place. Car – parks, stairwells and hallways and the odd partition wall, which can be a contentious meeting ground!
I think that these meetings have a quality in that they have no strings attached – even a “grunt” is OK in my book. I would feel drawn in to inviting a neighbour around if I started any serious conversation. I would rather keep my distance.
One thing however – most stairways and hallways are built to a minimum size and are so claustraphobic that the physical proximity of a stranger can be intimidating. If we designed these spaces for chance encounters where both parties could feel comfortable enough to hang around for a chat in, then maybe more community spirit would develop.