Are Nosy Neighbors Good For Something?

October 17, 2014 7:24 PM

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Have you ever lived on a street with a nosy neighbor? You know; that neighbor who always seems to be peeking out the front room window or crossing the street to gab as you're getting your mail? Back in the late-60s and early-70s (or on retro TV just about any day this week), there was a show called Bewitched with an iconic nosy neighbor named Gladys Kravitz. The other people in the neighborhood thought she was annoying and her husband thought she was crazy but Gladys was the only person observant enough to realize that something wasn't quite right with the Stephens' family across the street (in the show, the wife, Samantha, was a witch).

Yesterday, I read a story from the LA Times about a nosy neighbor, not named Kravitz but Caccavo, James Caccavo. Reading that story gave me hope that nosy neighbors might be making a comeback, in our increasingly isolated and digitally-disconnected world.

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