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Cincinnati Partners With San Francisco Start-Up
Putting the sense of community back in Cincinnati neighborhoods. That's the goal of social networking site Nextdoor.com.
Today city leaders partnered with the San Francisco start up. Have you ever needed to borrow a ladder? Get someone to mow the lawn or learn about road repairs? Neighbors have a lot of information, but these days most people don't know how to contact them. Cue nextdoor, a private social network for your neighborhood. You just saw part of the company's introductory video.
Just think of it as an interactive neighborhood newsletter, where everything from babysitting recommendations, to crime alerts are discussed. "It's not just something for tech savvy folks, we have 96 year olds using nextdoor," says Sarah Leary, co-founder of Nextdoor.com
Today Cincinnati city leaders announced their partnership with Nextdoor.
"This is a great opportunity for neighbors to get to know each other, to share information," says Mayor Mark Mallory. Mindi Rich started the Clifton forum in September. Today more than 750 residents use it. They've already organized book clubs and a cycling group.
"The site not only allows you to communicate online, but it encourages you to meet. I think it's great," says Mindi Rich, Clifton Nextdoor.
Each of Cincinnati's 52 neighorhoods have their own private pages, to access your address must be verified through Nextdoor. Many of the Nextdoor community members are talking about this street, Orchard street, they want to save the trees from getting trimmed by wires. Along with solving community issues, Cincinnati police hope Nextdoor will help them curb crime.
"Instead of going door to door and hanging a door knocker things like that, we can get information out in a very timely manner and then follow up as we see people," says Interim Cincinnati police chief, Paul Humphries.
Nextdoor is free to join and as of today, more than 5000 Cincinnatians have signed up.