Stop being scared of your neighbors and just say HI! It is simple...
Step by step on how to live in Philly / or anywhere in the real world...
1- Knock on direct neighbors' doors and see block neighbors on the street and start a conversation. Say "Hello."
2- Nod and say "Hi" to all people you see on your block.
1- Say "Hello, my name is__________."
2- Be courteous, ask their name also.
3- Offer information on your life for example "I work at _______."
4- Follow up with something like "What do you do?"
5- Conversation should follow with block neighbors like "Where do you live?" OR "Do you have kids?" OR "I get up early as I work at __________. What time do you get up?"
--New relationship established.--
6- And repeat steps 1-5 on all neighbors.
***Most problems solved.