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Lessons from Mister Rogers

Sometimes it feels like every book I read on placemaking and community flourishing–and even my own writing on those topics–are just attempts to put into “adult” language all the good lessons we should have remembered from Mister Rogers decades ago. I mean, let’s all go and really experiment with this:

I’ve always wanted to have a neighbor just like you.
I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.
So, let’s make the most of this beautiful day.
Since we’re together we might as well say:
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?
Won’t you be my neighbor?

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