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My Neighborhood

There are many ways to talk about a neighborhood. Some people live in parishes and wards, like the people of New Orleans, while others live in districts or townships. Either way, a neighborhood is a community smaller than a city or town with its own spirit and character. What's yours like?


The earliest cities were in the Mesopotamian region of the world. Mohenjo-Daro of the Indus Valley civilization was one of the biggest early cities with a population of over 41,000 people. Ancient city planners had to figure out complicated sewage, water and road systems. The biggest cities in the world are New York, London, Paris and Tokyo.

Dad's Office

The Latin word “officium" refers not to the building, but to the person working a certain job. From this we get the word office, for a place where white collar workers get work done, usually on paper or computers. Medieval scribes did paperwork, their version of office work, in a place called a “chancery."


“Home is where the heart is." Whether your home is a particular house, your cozy room or your favorite city, people can call whatever they want a home. The word home is associated with comfort, happiness and habit. No matter where it is, the sweetest thing of all is coming home after a long day.


A mall comes from the ancient idea of a grand marketplace. Famous markets from the past are Tehran's Grand Bazaar or the Oxford Covered Market. The first mall in America was The Arcade in Providence, Rhode Island and the biggest mall in the world is the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


There are many different types of parks. There are state parks, national parks, public parks and city parks. New York's Central Park is the most visited city park in America and it's over 800 acres big. The value of that land is estimated at over $500 billion.


The idea of serving food for customers is thought to have started with Ma Yu Ching's Bucket Chicken House in Kaifeng, China in 1153 AD. The Guinness Book of Records states that, by a modern, sit-down definition, Sobrino de Boti in Madrid, Spain, founded in 1725, is the world's oldest, still-operating restaurant.


A school with a system was first started by the Byzantine people in 425 AD. Before that, Greeks were getting together and studying with teachers without getting organized. During the Middle Ages, the main point of most European schools was to teach the Latin language. After the Middle Ages, schools started offering more classes and subjects.


The first stadiums, named for the verb “to stand," were in Greece. The famous Roman Coliseum was a stadium for sports events and could fit 50,000 people. The world's most expensive stadium is the Wembley Stadium in London and it can seat 90,000 people for everything from sporting events to conventions to rock concerts.


There are many different kinds of stores, especially with the advent of online shopping. Whether you go to a department store, a retail store or a marketplace, the term “retail" means to sell in small quantities. The first supermarket opened in America in the 1920's and was the first time a store offered self-service, or products that customers could browse without help.


In Latin, “suburb" means under the city. Suburbs have developed in the 20th century because of limited living space in the city proper. Suburbs are sometimes called “commuter towns" because many people live there and then drive to work in the nearest big city. Suburbs have their own culture, called suburbia.