Thursday 11 December 2003 2.02pm
Crime: not really. Lived in "unsecure" SE1 for a few years previous to our current place and never suffered from any crime then.
Community: definitely not. We scarcely know (or even see) anyone else in our dev't (apart from the bloody noisy students downstairs, about whom I know much more than I ever wanted to, and who IMO have the community spirit of Hitler).
What you will get is a lot of nosiness from invisible people who (under the guise of "Directors"), seem to spend inordinate amounts of time snooping on other residents' business and then leaving laminated signs telling people off - rather than initiating any face to face contact, you understand.
You will also get a lot of inconvenience when you want to get post delivered (because of posties changing their delivery time to the afternoon, they can't get through to our mailboxes as the tradesmen's entry is closed by the afternoon), or when anyone wants to visit you (because you have to go down to open the gates and let them in).
Apart from that, it's lovely.
...if you press it, they will come.