When’s the last time you knocked on a neighbors door?
A site called Nextdoor customizes private sites for individual neighborhoods allows people to connect to neighbors through a virtual map.
Dan Hood started a Nextdoor site for his Upper Land Park neighborhood and says he has gotten over a 200 people on it. He says you can alert your neighbors about social events, crime, lost pets and political issues affecting the community. He says, “My motivation was to organize so we could be a strong neighborhood. There’ve been changes coming up with re-zoning land uses lately.”
Kelly Godfrey is a member of Dan’s network and says Nextdoor is, “a way of building a relationship when it’s convenient for both sides.” She’s even used it to drop neighbors notes about the garden or home renovations and received virtual advice on how to handle certain problems – like people going though her recycling bin.
She says, “It gives you a sense of empowerment and a sense of shared solution.”
Kelly says the site has been eye-opening in many ways and says, “You really find it wasn’t just happenstance that you decided to live in this neighborhood…there is a common thread with these neighbors.”