In his poem “Mending Wall,” Robert Frost writes: “Good fences make good neighbors.”
This expression, taken from an old English proverb, often is misinterpreted to mean that’s it best to build a wall between you and your neighbor. In fact, it refers to two property owners working together along their shared boundary. In the course of their work — in this case repairing a wall, stone by stone — they strengthen their relationship as they toil together for a common good.
This phrase was brought to mind by the recent announcement that Greenwood and Bargersville would work together to see that major development along a section of State Road 135 would not die aborning due to fractious squabbling over sewer lines.