Color Outside the Lines: Neighborhoods

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Neighborhoods. From the hyper insular to the general suburb to intercity to rural lands, where you live and where you grow up can be central to your identity or just a matter of circumstance and opportunity (or lack of). Where we choose to live once give the freedom and opportunity of adulthood can also differ wildly from where we resided as children. Talk about the neighborhoods in your life: where you felt safe, where you avoided, what you look for in a neighborhood, what you associate with it. Please note that no one needs to share any information that they fear would dox them or make them uncomfortable. General or abstract terms are very welcome.