AFTER THE MOVE: EXPLORING THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Getting to know your new neighborhood is an important part of settling in and feeling at home. Here are five ideas to get your started:
– Take a hike: Unless your neighborhood is crisscrossed by busy highways or in a not-so-safe area, walking around is the best way to get to know what’s nearby. Ideally, look at a map on Google beforehand, and don’t try to cover the whole area in a day.
– Read all about it: Community newspapers are always filled with local events. Visit the local library or news agency to pick up a copy. Freebie magazines are other good sources of local information.
– Get on board: While you’re at the library, look for a local bulletin board for flyers and ads for local events. Get a library card while you’re at it, and ask about groups that meet at the library.
– So appy together: Ever hear the saying, “there’s an app for that”? Check online for interactive maps or use an app like Foursquare to find out what’s going on in your neighborhood.
– Get physical: Visit a local park or recreation center or attend a school sports event to gain a real sense of community.