I believe this to be a fact of life and recently moved from an apartment complex that, for nine years, was a golden age of friendship and community. People looked out for and supported each other. Lifelong friendships formed, even after friends moved away.
Unfortunately, an adjacent apartment complex blew up from a gas leak and many of their refugees moved next door to us. The new arrivals were almost uniformly selfish, sullen, and uncaring about noise and problems they caused their neighbors.
The quality of life quickly deteriorated, and I and my friends moved to escape the nasty new population. It took only a few months to destroy nine years of neighborhood unity and bliss and shatter a wonderful community.
Arnold Heller is Chair of the Atlanta – Ra’anana Sister City Committee.