I was a young mom at one point of my life, many moons ago. I lived in an apartment building in a lower economic status area. While living there, I was best friends with my neighbour across the hall. I had 2 friends that lived on the 3rd floor, and one on the bottom level. I knew everyone in my block and through out the area, good and bad. Some had kids my sons age so we would go to parks together, or just sit outside on our steps while the kids played together in the yard. Yeah, there were some bad apples. But if you generally avoided them and minded your own business, you'd be just fine. I honestly LOVED it as there was a sense of community.
But that area wasn't good enough for my snobbish dh. He hated my area and admitted that when we first started dating, he almost ended it with me just because of my rough hood LOL We had to move as we were expecting a baby there wasn't enough room in the apt. So, we found a house in a much nicer area.
We have been here almost 3 years. In that time, I've made zero friends. Not a single one! In 3 years, I've tried to talk to our next door neighbor on many many occasions, and they up right refuse! I baked them a basket of cookies when we first moved in, and brought them over to introduce our family, and they declined taking them!!!! Our other neighbors are very strange. The man is completely self absorbed, and cannot hold a conversation. His wife is a complete drunk. Seriously, I've never once talked to her while sober! LOL I attend all the play groups in this area and cannot stand the moms that attend. Seriously, they're the fakest of fake people I've ever encountered and I couldn't see myself being 'friends' with any of them. In spring and summer, we practically live outside. I've chit chatted with many parents of the kids my kids play with, but, for the most part, people just keep to themselves.
I've come to the conclusion that, in my city anyways, poor people are much more friendly. My dh teases me and says "you can't take the hood out of me" lol and it's sort of true. I miss having a real community :(