What does it mean to be a neighbor?
Those people who live near us, share similar daily routines, share space on the bus. The people who help make your home feel like home because they're part of your neighborhood's landscape.
If you think some of your neighborly relationships aren't what they once were, or aren't what your parents' or grandparents' experience with neighbors were, you're not alone. In a recent survey, half of all Americans said they didn't know most of their neighbors at all.
That's quite a change from decades past. But what does it mean for our society, our politics and our future?
WBUR's Sacha Pfeiffer speaks with the author of a new book who says the erosion of neighborly relationships has worrisome implications.
Marc Dunkelman, research fellow at Brown University's Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions. He's author of "Vanishing Neighbor: The Transformation of American Community." He tweets @MarcDunkelman.
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