A few years ago, I gathered up contact information for all the neighbors (well, the ones I knew and liked) and put together a little directory.
Prior to that, there were people that I had chatted with for years whose last names I didn't even know (okay, I was even fuzzy on a lot of first names).
Thus was born the neighborhood directory!
The first edition was a great success and, I think, helped to bring some of us a little closer together. With email addresses at our fingertips, it was very easy to make plans for gatherings. I could call someone up if I was short a cup of sugar. The neighborhood teenager became easier to engage for date nights. Addresses helped us match names to faces.
So two years later, it was time for a new edition -- people had come and gone and our tight circle was expanding.
Of course, I can't show you the actual information -- that would be a bit of a violation! But on the real directories I included names, address, phone number, email address, cell numbers and names of kids and pets.
On the back, I included some handy local information as well as a little map of the neighborhood (the shaded areas are participating neighbors).
The "guts" with much of the information. I tried in vain to find a stapler with a long enough reach to staple these, but was never successful. Luckily I remembered my own tutorial about stab binding and my ginormous spool of gorgeous baker's twine. It was really easy and is so much cuter than staples!