|Davis Enterprise, 9-21-11|
So we are coming up on the sixth year of Neighbors Night Out parties. These are, of course, those government-sponsored and organized gatherings designed to “keep the peace” between students and longer-term residents in Davis neighborhoods.
I suppose the central question about them is: Do they make any difference? It is difficult to know, of course, since properly done evaluations have not, to my knowledge, been conducted.
Lacking such evaluations, I can only report my own experience in attending these gatherings and the reports of other attendees. My main observation is that virtually no members of the targeted population--students new to a neighborhood--actually show up.*