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I started On My Block Films as a way to build stronger communities in New York, after I looked around and realized I didn’t know my neighbors—and no one else did, either. We’d nod hello in our lobby, but rarely know the names of the folks across the hallway. It’s unfortunate because we shared close lives in terms of proximity, but nothing else; we didn’t have relationships with each other. We exchange pleasantries and that’s it.

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Yesterday on Twitter and Facebook, we asked our friends: In an age when social networks often get more attention than our real-life ones, what's the role of the neighborhood?

In response to Los Angeles Editor Alissa's post, we wanted to pose the question to our community. Check out the responses below and add your thoughts in the comments section.

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How Well Do You Know Your Neighbors?

In an age where online communities often get more attention than our real-life ones, what's the role of the neighborhood?

In an age when online communities often get more attention than our real-life ones, what's the role of the neighborhood? We ask the question after reading a fantastic essay for Zocalo Public Square written by Jennifer Ferro, the general manager for the Santa Monica-based public radio station KCRW. As Ferro describes the changing relationship with her own neighbors, she highlights issues that many of us are likely facing on our own blocks.

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