THE 200 JOBS OF ACTIVE NEIGHBORING

A work in progress

I believe that there are about 200 "jobs" that ideally are being done by one person or another in the neighborhood. If most of these activities are happening in your neighborhood, you're in great shape!
This list is being added to and refined all the time, so if you have any suggestions, please email me! Thanks!
         -- Nicholas

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1)   NEIGHBORHOOD SECURITY

A)     neighborhood watch

B)     neighborhood patrol

C)     video surveillance

D)     digital photos of suspicious people/vehicles

E)     interaction with beat cop; direct phone line

F)     whistle alert

G)     security education: crime prevention checklist; newsletter

2)   NEIGHBORHOOD NEWSLETTER

A)     delivered to 1000 households--low tech

3)   INTERACTIVE WEBSITE

A)     unique URL for this neighborhood

B)     links to adjoining neighborhood websites

4)   CHILD CARE

A)     baby-sitting

B)     latch-key kid supervision

C)     part-time jobs for teenagers

5)   COMMUTING

A)     who goes where & when?

B)     regular daily commutes

(1) work commutes

(2) school commutes

C)     fun/activity commutes

(1) weekly meetings

(2) sports events

D)     occasional events or appointments

(1) taxi or van service?

(2) rides to the airport

(3) pick up visitors

6)   MAPPING

A)     know immediate households around you:

(1) name/phone/vehicles/abilities & disabilities/pets

(2) 3 houses across the street; 1 house on either side;

         3 houses in back of you

B)     geographical & natural features

7)   SPORTS & EXERCISE

A)     spectators

(1) go to games together

(2) Super Bowl parties

B)     participants

(1) baseball / football / basketball / soccer

(2) neighborhood walking group

(3) neighborhood biking group

C)     coaching

(1) teams

(2) individual training

8)   EMERGENCY HELP

A)     immediate response

(1) Volunteer fire department

(2) neighborhood CPR classes

B)     rescue

(1) by neighbors who know you

C)     fire specific

(1) preparation

(a) 200-foot hoses--every 10 houses

(b) cisterns / swimming pools / jacuzzis

(2) prevention

(a) brush clearing parties

D)     earthquake specific

(1) personal injury/property damage prevention

(a) earthquake retrofit

(b) education

(2) immediate cell-phone communication between people at work or school & neighbors at home

(3) sharing or common storage of emergency food/water/fuel/batteries/etc.

9)   SAVINGS & FINANCIAL BENEFITS

A)     food co-ops

B)     vacation time-shares

C)     (see also:)

10)     REAL ESTATE

A)     sell to neighbors' friends & relatives before listing with a realtor on MLS

B)     sell to people who are currently renting in the neighborhood

C)     property values will be supported and enhanced by many of the activities on this list

11)     NEIGHBORHOOD AFFINITY GROUPS--HOBBIES, RECREATION, COMMON INTERESTS

A)     book clubs

B)     movie clubs

C)     theater clubs

D)     cooking clubs

E)     gardening clubs

F)     art classes

G)     writing groups

H)     national identity groups--where are you from?

I)     discussion groups: philosophy, current events, etc.

12)     TAKING DELIVERIES FOR NEIGHBOR WHO'S OUT

A)     sign for delivery of neighbor's U.P.S., FedEx, U.S.P.S packages

B) open the house & be present for installations or major repairs (satellite dish, cable, new carpet, interior painting, plumbing)

13)     VOLUNTEER ACTION WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS

A)     fundraising

B)     Rebuilding America

C)     holiday caring at hospitals

D)     repair & repaint local schools

14)     NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANUP & BEAUTIFICATION

A)     "Big Trash Day"--dumpster provided by city for household junk disposal

B)     street cleanup day

C)     beautify common areas--mini-parks, empty lot

D)     art projects: neighborhood murals, statues

15)     COMMUNITY GARDEN

16)     JOINT HIRING OF LABOR

A)     laborers: 3 households may each need 2-3 hours of work, so they can jointly hire 1 person for 1 day

B)     skilled tradespeople: neighborhood can negotiate a group rate. For example, lawn care for 5 houses on one block would be much more efficient for the gardener, so (s)he could charge less

C)     large group discounts: 200 houses would keep a painter busy full-time for life

17)     SHARING OF TOOLS

A)     lending of tools that people already own

B)     neighborhood tool library: joint purchase of more expensive or infrequently used tools (e.g, rototiller or 30 foot extension ladder

18)     NEIGHBORHOOD DISPUTE RESOLUTION

A)     mediation or arbitration between neighbors

B)     coordinated efforts to deal with problem homeowners or renters

19)     COMMUNITY GET-TOGETHERS

A)     block parties

B)     joint garage sales/yard sales

C)     Labor Day/Memorial Day/July 4th BBQ picnic

D)     Oscar night party

E)     sports events

20)     SAVE MONEY ON INSURANCE

A)     quantity discounts for group purchases

B)     homeowner's insurance discounted due to active neighboring:

C)     health & life insurance discounted due to active neighboring leading to enhanced quality of life?

21)     NEIGHBORHOOD HISTORIAN

22)     GROUP CONSTRUCTION

A)     neighbors pooling their time & talents to complete big home improvement projects on one another's homes

B)     "barn-raising": the whole community working together for one day on a worthwhile project