4 proven ways you can practice and perfect the art of good neighboring

By Taitelyn Morris, Neighborhood and Community Relations Coordinator

As the beloved Mister Rogers said, “It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine? Could you be mine?”

Since Thursday is National Good Neighbor Day, it’s an ideal time to connect with neighbors you know and may not know. Being a good neighbor helps build solid relationships and makes a tremendous difference in the overall dynamic of our community.

Here are four easy ways to get started:

1. Introduce Yourself

Simply introducing yourself and your household to neighborhood newcomers makes them feel welcome. Meeting new people can sometimes feel overwhelming, but a straightforward “Howdy” gives new residents an immediate sense of belonging.

Hosting a National Night Out party can also help newcomers meet their neighbors. The annual event promotes strong police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live and work.

2. Exchange Information

We never expect bad things to happen, especially in our homes and neighborhoods, but good neighbors can lend a helping hand in emergencies. It’s always a good idea to provide trusted neighbors with your contact information if something happens while you’re away.

3. Get Involved in Your HOA

Consider getting involved in your neighborhood or homeowners’ association if one is available. It’s a fantastic way to meet neighbors, make friends, and make your neighborhood a better place to live. If you don’t have an association, we can help you start one.

4. Subscribe to Neighborhood E-News

City and neighborhood-related updates are emailed to you weekly when you subscribe to Neighborhood News, our e-newsletter. It provides essential information about city events and programs and previews city council and planning and zoning commission meetings.    

For more neighborhood resources or to request a free welcome bag filled with helpful information about neighborhood living, contact Neighborhood Services at 979-764-6262 or NeighborhoodServices@cstx.gov, or visit cstx.gov/neighbor.  

About The Blogger

Taitelyn Morris is in her first year as the city’s Neighborhood and Community Relations Coordinator. She worked as a policy advisor for the Texas House of Representatives last spring and was a graduate fellow at the Communities Foundation of Texas in 2022. Morris also served as an intern in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2021 and was an internal audit intern for the City of College Station in 2020. A native of Waco, she earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Texas A&M in 2021 and a master’s in public service and administration from A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service in May.

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