"The Burg is a solid neighbourhood where people buy houses and live in them until death kicks them out."
"For that matter, just about every house in the burg is nicely maintained. It's mandatory for survival. Decorating taste may vary, but windows damn well better be clean."
both quotes from Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich
I've noticed that same clean window thing in several of the areas I've lived in over the years. Possibly not entire neighbourhoods, but entire sections of neighbourhoods, where front doors are kept closed, windows are sparkling clean and dining tables are antique (or antique styled) and covered with heavy lace tablecloths.
Not in my house though.
In those sections of neighbourhoods I was the odd one out. (one of these things is not like the others...)
I'd clean windows when I moved in, then again when I moved out.
Very occasionally a time or two in between if they got so grubby I couldn't see out. Or if there was a house inspection looming.
As for antique tables....have you seen the cost of those things? No wonder those people kept their doors locked. Can't have random burglars waltzing off with the family heirlooms!
Heard on the TV news last night:
The annual Adelaide Cabaret Festival begins soon, and the director has expressed concern that people in regional areas don't get to experience cabaret acts in their small country towns and regional cities.
So he has organised a bit of a 'roadshow'. Several of the performers have packed up their gear, hopped on a big bus, and trundled off around the state bringing joy and laughter to places that have never seen a cabaret.
I personally think this is a fabulous idea and hope it happens every year from now on.