Zocalo is the mexican word for town square, a place where the local community meet to eat, drink, sit and talk. I heard a great story by this chap last week of a community movement in Brighton to create their own Zocalo event once a year, in which local residents are simply asked to put a chair or two outside their front door for the day and chat to anyone who wants to join them. It's called Zocalo Brighton and was set up in 2001 by the group White Dot as a way of encouraging people to watch less telly closed off in their living rooms and form more meaningful relationships/entertainment with the people they live around. Again another great example of social media with not a hide nor hair of that Facebook or twitter stuff.
I've recently been experiencing the same effect on the canal. Having limited inside space your front and deck quickly become your extended living space for eating, reading, smoking and sitting in nature. This then very quickly and naturally leads to conversations with passers by and other boat dwellers. Here I am buttied up to Jesse and Max behind Frank and just down from Tim, all of whome I speak to a few times a day.
Perhaps we all just need to sit outside the front door a bit more.