Letter: New neighbours

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The Independent Culture
Sir: I cannot agree with Moira Langston (letter, 30 April) that because fewer of us know our next-door neighbours we have lost our sense of community.

All of us belong to a number of different communities, rather than just the one based on where we live, as was the case when people lived and worked in one area. When my mother died recently, I received a great deal of support and sympathy from all those communities of which I am part: my office, and other offices within the building where I work, my Quaker Meeting, my friends, former next-door neighbours where I grew up and many others.

The opportunity to belong to such diverse communities, rather than just one, is surely a positive rather than negative feature of modern life.

LINDA FIELDING

London SE15

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