You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

letters

Do you have to have a kid to matter to your neighborhood?

As a childless resident of Boston’s South End for the past decade, and as a 39-year-old man who is also a university professor, I am curious to know whether RENÉE Loth would characterize me as a “young hipster” or an “empty-nester” (“Where are Boston’s kids?” Op-ed, Sept. 28). Apparently my partner and I and our middle-aged friends and neighbors who do not have children simply have no role to play in the neighborhood.

I suppose our support of urban arts initiatives, patronage of local businesses, volunteer work in community nonprofits, and involvement in neighborhood associations do not qualify us as valuable residents. Perhaps I should get a stroller for my dog so I can leave the house without shame.

Aaron Lecklider

Boston

Loading comments...

Wake up with today's top stories.

Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
or
Please enter a valid email
BostonGlobe.com will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com