Monday, March 20, 2006
A while ago, Kevin Harris commented on the virtues of the cul-de-sac in cultivating a balance between neighbourliness and the desire for privacy.
A more recent post on his blog reminds me of the time that I lived in a kind-of cul-de-sac.
It was a little close that featured a couple of blocks of early-1960s Council flats and some semi-detached houses. The only traffic was to-and-from those dwellings and they all overlooked a large round green patch - about 30m in diameter. It was great for people with kids - they could let them out to play in a place where there were no fast-moving cars, and they would always be in view. A reasonable game of footie or cricket for 4-5 kids could be played.
But then, one day, a few vocal old gits complained to the Council. Shortly afterwards, a bit 'No Ball Games' sign was erected on a metal post in the middle of the green, effectively making most games impossible.
I know that it's impossible to prove this, but my perception of the area is that it went downhill after that. There was less of a sense of neighbourliness and it felt less safe. Parents were no longer keeping an eye on the whole close and the sense of desertion was apparent.
Posted by Paulie at Monday, March 20, 2006