I can't really compare neighbourhood behaviour here because my street in England was a lovely old fashioned terraced street in Norwich, where many of the residents had lived there for 50 years, some of us moved in and embraced the "each others' washing lines" type community sharing, and they still knocked on the door collecting when someone in the street died - and everyone watched as you got in your car to get married... So I know many streets are not like that any more anywhere, never mind here. It was close to town though so we would bump into people on foot a lot more.
But I thought I'd make an effort to get to know the Avon lady this week - had to make a big effort to find some stuff in the catalogue to order, but just saw her with her daughter etc collecting the catalogues and she seemed nice so I thought I'd make an effort - she's an Indian migrant I think.
Anyway she's just phoned... turns out she lives in my street about 5 or 6 houses down - I didnt know, and I've had to order Avon to find it out! I will probably have to keep ordering Avon to get to know her a bit. Found putting an order together from the last one hard enough! Made sure I kept something back for next time though :)
Meanwhile last year I needed to do stacks of launderette washing and knew my next door neighbours were in - I needed change - but I couldn't make them hear because their door didnt even have a bell... They always say hello when we see them, but because of course what most people do is get straight in their car and go somewhere, you don't get the stopping on foot business very often.
Thankfully we have a foodland in our street, or just off it, so we do occasionally bump into neighbours there, and we've been in this house a year and are gradually having more conversation with people past the first few pleasantries.
So you are completely right, kangomick, I hadn't heard that saying before, but I'd even stretch it to even being prepared to order Avon if it gets you a conversation with a neighbour...!