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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.

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5 Comments to “Neighborhood network goes online”

    Bob said:
    January 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Some of the worst advice comes from residents as what to do in an emergency. Rumors go rampant and get repeated as fact. No one to verify info so you can't count on posts as being accurate. Use Facebook pages that you can trust.

    Bryan Devore said:
    January 21, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    That is exactly why this site is so good. The City of Carlsbad is getting true and accurate information out to the people who live here through the Nextdoor websites. This is truly the best source of information possible. Plus, the Nextdoor site does so much more.

    Marcus said:
    April 29, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Agreed Bob. Wife and I saw clip on news a week ago and I have started printing flyers and talking to my neighbors here in Chula Vista about the site. I am really excited about the program. Sign up has been a little slow, but in time I am hoping for more participation and a more connected and stronger community. Good luck to you up in Carlsbad.

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