I'm in the first chapter of a story about the residents of a single street. I wouldn't call it an "ensemble" by any means. there's a defined main character (or hero family) but the supporting characters are a major part of the story. (something like goonies or the tom hanks film "the burbs") my question is about the method with which i was going to intro and describe the neighborhood beyond the hero character. I have him waking up at sunrise before the street gets moving. he walks outside and looks at everyone's houses. It's in the 3rd person and i just describe all the families. right there, in a "next to so and so lived the so and sos..." my question is if this just sounds like a horrible idea and it makes you want to vomit, or does it work? should i just describe them when they enter the story?