By Melissa Robinson
The city of Stockbridge
has teamed up with
Nextdoor.com in order to connect neighbors within a
particular neighborhood and foster communication with city
Nextdoor.com is a private
social network for neighborhoods and is free to Stockbridge
residents with Internet access. The service launched last week
and residents can now create private websites for their
neighborhoods on the site.
Miranda Allen, events
manager for Stockbridge, said the new service has been in the
works since last summer and was the idea of the city treasurer,
who utilizes the site’s services in his own neighborhood.
“This is nothing new, but
it’s a site that helps build better communities, joining
neighbors together,” said Allen.
She said the service is
free, and as with most social networking sites, it makes its
money through advertising. She said boundaries for neighborhoods
have already been established for Stockbridge and the only thing
residents have to do to join is to log on and enter their
address to join their online neighborhood community.
“Getting to know your
neighbor can be as easy as logging onto a computer,” said
Stock-bridge Mayor Mark Alarcon. “The free
provides a forum for neighbors to organize events, exchange
advice, talk about safety concerns, or even sell stuff they may
no longer need.”
The city plans to keep
residents informed about Stockbridge using the site. Members of
Nextdoor.com will also be
able to better communicate with city officials through the
locally-moderated site. Allen said the two-way communication
between residents of particular neighborhoods and city officials
will enhance communication, for example to alert residents of
roadwork being performed on a particular street or waterline
work that may affect a certain area.
“It might be something as
simple as sharing the name of a great, reliable babysitter or
plumber. It’s about bringing neighbors together and sharing
information,” said Allen.
She said information
shared on Nextdoor.com is
password-protected and cannot be accessed by those outside of
the neighborhood site. In addition,
Nextdoor.com never shares
personal information with any third parties.
information about the initiative, contact Miranda Allen at