I had something to deliver to someone and was not able to get to his house for days because the road is getting paved by my city's middle school and he lives right by this. I finally rode my bike there yesterday and took a wrong turn that involved big hills, but led to the joy of exploring what must be the most neighbor-friendly part of my city.
How do I know this? Well, I saw that many homeowners had set up benches in little groups of two and three, as well as patio tables (and even a tree house), in their front yards. These folks must know their neighbors, and knowing your neighbors is a core tenet of being a more sustainable city. Perhaps in that neighborhood, they don't expect delays. They embrace them.