If you want a den of hot takes, I recommend subscribing to a local neighborhood list-serv.
I subscribe to one for our neighborhood and it's an endless source of entertainment and frustration.
There's the usual batch of people selling things and looking for things, making recommendations, and sharing pictures of animals spotted in the wild. There's also a good chunk of debate about neighborhood issues that tend to revolve around NIMBY/YIMBY topics and transportation changes. Lately, there has been an ongoing debate about cashless businesses.
A new restaurant opened on the main drive and they are cash-free. Going cashless is trending in cities these days and really took off during the pandemic. Some folks on the list-serv are NOT having it. Debate exploded about places being cash-free and "Why won't they accept my legal paper tender?" and "What is the world coming to?" and "It's a privacy violation to make me use a credit card!" and - legitimately - "What about the unbanked/unable to get credit cards?"
The debate, on all sides, was vociferous and lengthy. Just as the emails on this topic were dying down, a 7-11 down the block from the new restaurant in question was robbed - in broad daylight - of $3,100 in cash. The list-serv was suspiciously quiet for about 24 hours and then everything set off again which much gnashing of teeth and pulling of hair. Again, on all sides.
All of this is to say, if you want to stay informed and have a high tolerance for drama, sign up for you local list-serv. You learn a lot.
What's your favorite way to stay in touch with where you live?