The neighborhood in which we live is bursting with young families, and yet it only just feels that we are building community. One thing that has helped is that one of our neighbors with a daughter just a bit younger than our own often hosts parties and is a social hub. With this family, we have started a babysitting co-op which is slowly chugging along. On Saturday, we had another get together to which two other families joined us.
My daughter’s preschool has also been the source of some community. There are a bunch of wonderful families with whom we have made connections.
It is slow partly because the culture in Boston is not overly conducive to networking, but also it is slow because having two kids makes it hard to get out and do things.
These things, however are steps in the right direction, and I feel that it will slowly gain momentum and become a strong community for us.