Even the most cursory reading of Joseph Kearney’s short stories reveals a sense of neighbourhood – a sense of belonging to or being part of a vibrant community. That is to say, people are very central to the fabric that he weaves: their imagination, their beginnings, their relationships and interdependencies, their anticipations, their fears and exultations, their continuities, their mortality. In effect, these qualities and values constitute the richness that many in Ontario and particularly Toronto think about when they hear the name of Cabbagetown. Cabbagetowners are exceptional in respect for these qualities, and even, perhaps, their pride in them. In other words, they believe in the importance of them.