|An image I found online for sale, of the Emerson port-of-entry, circa 1947|
It's a different world now. Technology has given and it hath taken away. It has provided ways for very bad people to potentially do even worse things to innocent others. In return it has given us countermeasures to fight against those ways. In the meantime, we become prisoners of supposed safety...and there is less open and easy opportunities for neighborliness - at least of the frequent, in-person variety that deep and lasting bonds are made of.