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Good Fences & Good Neighbors

We have all heard the expression, "good fences make good neighbors."  In fact, if you google the quote, you will find over 400,000 references to it online.  The line comes from Robert Frost's blank verse poem entitled, The Mending Wall. 
The poem is about two men, neighbors, who every year fix the stone fence between their properties.  We at The Neighborhood Fix wanted to know- what does it mean?  Do good fences make good neighbors?  For the sake of Mr. Frost, let's take a look at the poem:
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it And spills the upper boulders in the sun, And makes gaps even two can pass abreast. The work of hunters is another thing: I have come after them and made repair Where they have left not one stone on a stone, But they would have the rabbit out of hiding, To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean, No one has seen them made or heard them made, But at spring mending-time we find them there.
I let my neigh…