Yes, there is trash on the too narrow to walk on sidewalks. Yes, you have to watch your step because the entire neighborhood is a work in progress. Yes, people live close together with no yards,few garages, a myriad of empty buildings waiting for bank money and investors to fix them up. Yes, there is noise and congestion. Yes, this is an urban landscape with cement, tile, asphalt the main building materials.Yes, there are dogs and cats sleeping on the sidewalk. Yes,people speak a different language. Yes, getting around without a car is humbling.
On the other side of the coin, there is vitality and energy here. People are friendly. You see something new on every street, around every corner.
Back home I live in a covenant controlled community with all houses virtually identical and all projects having to be approved by an unseen board that sends out a newsletter and has compliance officers making daily inspections.
I love to walk here.
This is my neighborhood at home flipped inside out.