What would Mr. Rogers do?

 
What would Mr. Rogers do if he lived in Mountain Bridge?

Meet The Neighbors

Head out your front door, walk down the sidewalk, and head straight to your neighbor’s door. Knock. Introduce yourself. Leave your phone number. Find out where he’s from. Tell him where you are from. Find a connection. Ask him to keep an eye out for you. Offer to keep an eye out for him. Shake hands. Go home knowing there is someone you can borrow sugar from right next door. 

Keep Neighbors In The Loop

Give your neighbors a general heads up if something out of the ordinary is happening at your house. If you are starting a renovation, doing landscaping, having a large group of people over, leaving on vacation, or having friends in from out of town. This lets your neighbors determine if they’ll need to park elsewhere, move their cars for the night, keep an eye on your house, or be tolerant of a little extra noise. 

Talk Neighbor To Neighbor

If any common, neighborly issues arise, be sure to deal with the issue face-to-face. It is also essential to act fast, go to that person directly, and discuss what is happening. A neighbor may be unaware of an issue causing another resident frustration. Giving your neighbor a chance to find a solution that works for both of you is always a great approach. And avoid gossiping about any issues or using social media negatively. 

Join In The Fun!

Attend community events or consider hosting a neighborhood block party. Invite a few of your neighbors over for a nice dinner or barbecue or to head down to the Owners’ Club Park on the last Thursday of the month for Food Truck Night. Pack a few chairs and your favorite beverage so you can listen to the live music too. These are great ways to get to know your neighbors whether you’ve been in the area for days or years.

Take Care Of The Yard

When caring for your landscaping, please pay attention to the foliage that may reach your neighbor’s yard. If you don’t maintain the vegetation, your neighbor is welcome to do it. Trim back any trees or bushes in the sight line of drivers or growing over the sidewalk. If you share a space or common area with a neighbor, do your part to keep these spaces as pleasant as possible by picking up trash, storing items out of sight, or notifying the Association if you see anything in need of repair.

Put The Trash Barrel Away

On trash collection days, the City of Mesa code only allows trash cans at the curb from 6 p.m. the day before pick up until 6 a.m. the day after pick up. Therefore, the black barrel (garbage) is picked up on Monday. The green (landscape debris) and blue (recycle) barrels are picked up on Thursday. For more specific information about trash issues, visit the City of Mesa's website.

Park Properly

  • Park your car in your garage.
  • Guests may park on the street (for a maximum of 72 hours in seven days).
  • Be sure guests only park in front of their visiting house, not the neighbor's house.
  • All parking should be on paved surfaces, not the gravel in the front yard.
  • Obey the fire lanes and don't block gates. Vehicles can be towed at the owners' expense.
  • Pickup trucks that don't fit in the garage can receive permission from the Association to park in the driveway by requesting a variance.
  • Reach out to the Association to find help for unique situations.

Be A Responsible Pet Owner

All animals should be vaccinated, licensed, and on a leash when in the front yard or the neighborhood. A maximum of three house pets are allowed; if not used for commercial purposes, do not create a nuisance or bark incessantly.
 
Barking issues should be addressed first with the neighbor (hey, they might not know!) before contacting the City of Mesa Police or Animal Control.
 
If you are walking pets in your neighborhood, practice common courtesy by picking up your pet’s poop. Remember wildlife poops too, so if it is in the way, volunteer to give Mother Nature a hand (covered in a doggy bag, of course!).
Q: Do you realize there are health benefits when living around kind neighbors in a vibrant, socially active community like Mountain Bridge?
 
A: This boost in Vitamin N(eighbor) is supported by scientists and psychologists. The trick is easy; all you have to do is find a connection to the people living next door and across the street from you and know that you can trust them. 
 
According to a study at Duke University, people ages 55 to 80 who were high in interpersonal trust lived 14 years longer (on average) than those who were not.
 
So what is the neighbor-to-health connection? You are more likely to interact when you believe your neighbors are generally trustworthy, kind, and inclusive people. Whether it’s a chat by the mailbox, a helping hand with packages, or simply a wave and a smile, this interaction can lift a mood, reduce stress, and instill a sense of belonging. Those benefits, in turn, have been linked to better health, including a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, digestive complaints, and sleep problems. Good neighbors also provide emotional support in hard times, such as being out of work, going through a divorce, or coping with an illness. Good neighbors may offer practical help, such as keeping an eye on your place when you’re away or sharing valuable information, such as the name of an excellent doctor. 

Spending time in public areas like the pool, gym, park, sports courts, putting greens, or live music nights is also a great way to meet people. The better you get to know your neighbors, the more likely you trust them - and the more you stand to gain health and well-being. So make friends with your neighbors, for the health of it!