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'We Look Out for Each Other Here'

Who will love, and take care of, my neighborhood the way the older residents have?
relates to 'We Look Out for Each Other Here'
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This essay appears in the forthcoming Detroit Neighborhood Guidebook from Belt Publishing, and is excerpted here with permission.

The first month I lived in Minock Park, my new neighbors would stop while I tackled the endless yard work to introduce themselves, and always had the same reaction. I’d watch as a look of surprise and maybe mild amusement would cross their faces. They would then shrug and smile and give a warm introduction. The interaction would always end the same way—with phone numbers exchanged and a serious, heartfelt promise: “We look out for each other here.”