Neighborhood Quality of Life Questions and Answers

This is a place to vent through asking a question about neighborhood quality of life, an umbrella term we're using for that one situation in your immediate community that has become a big issue to you. 

Because humans are human, usually that one overwhelming thought about your neighborhood quality of life is that one particular issue is ruining it.  You could surprise us with a positive take on what's happening in your part of the world though.

Especially in times past, these items were called a nuisance in municipal law.  In many U.S. states the courts have whittled away at nuisance law until there is almost no general power for your municipal government to issue an ordinance violation  letter on the basis of something that is just generally annoying.


Is a Rundown Building, Vacant Lot, or Park Limiting Your Enjoyment of Your Surroundings?

Every kind of feedback we're receiving on this site shows that to many of you, community development is about eliminating the annoyance that lack of property maintenance and investment brings.

Sometimes different standards for maintaining property appearance are at play; other owners just may not care very much.  But more often, there is an economic or other kind of reason for the behavior that is stressing you.

We talk about some of those factors on our abandoned buildings and abandoned homes pages.

Nevertheless, everything from animals to noise to different ideas of appropriate conduct may be causing you to want to seek advice in an anonymous way about what is happening.

We would encourage you to speak up and become an activist in your community, but if the possibility of being recognized as the person doing the complaining is more than you can bear, please feel free to ask for some general advice here. Remember you can stay anonymous too.

Since the law is less and less on your side in the U.S., in that usually you must have spotted a specific ordinance violation, you will need to take the activist and public pressure routes in order to win.  This also means plugging into the power of community organizations or neighborhood associations.

Below is a form where you can ask your question about anything you perceive as a threat to neighborhood quality of life. If we think discussion of your situation will be valuable to any of our visitors, we will answer your neighborhood quality of life question at the bottom of this page.  Other visitors then will be able to add comments.  All of this is moderated and edited by a live human being too, so we keep it civil.


Have A Question About a Neighborhood Quality of Life Issue?

Would you like to ask the other visitors and/or the editors a question about something annoying or alarming that's happening in your neighborhood? Here's your place to ask and then watch for the answers to pop up.

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