The word “neighborhood” is referred to as a collection of houses/homes/apartments/condos identified by one name. The “hood” is a variation of the word neighborhood and is often used to describe bad neighborhoods. Some characteristics of the hood are:
Furniture on curbs
Barbershop on the corner
Carry outs (if in DC)
PEOPLE STANDING OUTSIDE
I believe dirty streets and furniture on the curb come from people not taking pride in their neighborhood. If its a housing project the residents don’t own the property therefore they don’t care about it. The streets being dirty doesn’t affect the inside of their homes so why care about it. The furniture will be picked up by the trash man so people probably don’t care if it makes the neighborhood look bad.
Barbershops and corner stores are indicative of what people in the hood are characterized as caring about most….appearance and convenient access to food. The one thing I can’t understand about people in the hood is why they stand outside??? Southeast, DC is known as the hood. On any given day you can drive over to DC and see bunches of black men standing outside in huddles talking. Why? Do they not have homes? Its cold outside! What are they talking about? Is it safe to assume that most of them are drug dealers? I just don’t get it. You could ride over to the hood at 9am and find black men standing around talking. What do they have to talk about all day?! Why don’t they just call each other.
So I wanted to go up to some of these dudes and ask “excuse me, why are you standing outside?” Then blog about their responses. The thing is that’s probably not safe, lol. If you are a person that stands on random corners of the hood or knows someone who does please respond and tell me why the hell this happens!