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10 Ways to Be a Considerate Neighbor

8. Be a considerate driver

Too much: Don’t creep through the neighborhood at five miles per hour. You’ll look like a stalker.

Too little: Don’t speed through neighborhood streets or ignore stop signs, even if you know there are never cops in the neighborhood. More kids, pets and pedestrians are out in the summer, and it’s all too easy to slip into autopilot mode in your own neighborhood and forget to watch for these hazards.

Just right: Know and respect the speed limit, and always check the driveway, sidewalk and street carefully before pulling a vehicle out of the driveway.

9. Park considerately

Too much: Don’t get too protective of the space in front of your house. Cut the neighbors some slack once in a while if they are moving or have visitors who park at your curb for a day or two.

Too little: Don’t just pull into the biggest or most convenient spot, or make the neighbors do automotive acrobatics to get out of their driveway.

Just right: Make a U-turn or block in your other vehicle if you must in a good-faith effort to park in front of your house or on your property.

10. Take out the trash

Too much: Don’t go overboard minimizing your trash either. If you are composting, make sure you know what you are doing, and keep the compost bin from stinking up the ‘hood.

Too little: Don’t take out the trash two days early “just in case you forget.” And don’t leave out the trash if it doesn’t get picked up for some reason.

Just right: Take out the trash the morning of your trash pickup if possible, to avoid attracting bugs and vermin.

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3:39PM PDT on Jun 1, 2015

Thank you.

4:52AM PST on Jan 20, 2014

thank you

9:10AM PST on Dec 20, 2013

It's good to live with as much peace of mind as possible with those whom you happen to be living near by random chance. This piece didn't mention condo associations, which come with its own code of conduct. Thanks.

4:54AM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

I try to be considerate, but people's stupidity obstructs me.

4:08PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012


8:04AM PST on Nov 15, 2011

I'm sure many folks would be more considerate neighbors IF their neighbors were --and not all folks learn by example!

3:41AM PST on Nov 9, 2011


3:36AM PDT on Oct 29, 2011


4:46AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

Noted, thank you!

2:58PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011


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