When the surveillance state comes to your neighborhood

Tray Ling

J.R. McMillan cited a number of factors in his family’s decision to move to Westgate four years ago, including the Hilltop-area neighborhood’s proximity to Downtown, as well as the sense of community he said he felt from his first visit years prior.  “We knew our neighbors probably better in the […]

J.R. McMillan cited a number of factors in his family’s decision to move to Westgate four years ago, including the Hilltop-area neighborhood’s proximity to Downtown, as well as the sense of community he said he felt from his first visit years prior. 

“We knew our neighbors probably better in the first 30 days of living there than we did … after more than 10 years [in our previous neighborhood],” said McMillan, who relocated to Westgate from a home on the municipal limits of New Albany, as reported by the Dispatch. “It’s a much more close-knit community, and it’s also a community that solves a lot of its own problems. They didn’t have a lot of grocery options nearby, so they created their own farmer’s market. They were worried about sagging real estate prices and sales, so they created their own home and garden tour. They didn’t have a lot of local watering holes, so they created their own home-brew community. There was a lot of interest in preserving the park, which is in the heart of the neighborhood, so they started Friends of Westgate Park, which actually works with the city to replenish trees that have been lost over the years.”

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