Neighborhood network goes online

CARLSBAD, Calif. – How many of us really know thy neighbor?  The City of Carlsbad wants to make it easier for you and it can be done in the comfort of your own home.

On Friday, it launched a private social media network (www.nextdoor.com).  It’s meant to help foster increased communication between neighbors.

Carlsbad resident Bryan Devore joined so he can get to know his neighbors better, exchange advice and recommendations, also alert one another during an emergency.

“I like this a lot, under recommendations you can search for a gardners, tutors, music and singing lessons, or sports or dance classes things of that nature,” Devore said.

typingCommunications Manager, Kristina Ray with the City of Carlsbad hopes the site will help build a safer and stronger community.  But it’s not only meant to increase communication among neighbors.

“It’s even something where the city can contact neighbors in case of a water repair, construction in the neighborhood or even with crime prevention tips,” Ray said.

The website is flexible so if you want your neighborhood boundaries smaller, you can tailor it to meet your needs.  Officials say there are already around 1,000 users and hope it will continue to grow.