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The City of Galveston announced today that it will use Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to foster neighbor-to-neighbor and citywide communication.
Galveston residents have been utilizing Nextdoor to create private websites for their neighborhoods where they can get to know their neighbors, ask questions, and exchange local advice and recommendations. The City of Galveston has been mapped into 32 different neighborhoods with the majority of the active members residing on the east end.
The service is free for the residents and the city and was specifically designed to make neighbors feel comfortable sharing information with one another to help build stronger communities. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood. Information shared on Nextdoor is password-protected and cannot be accessed by those outside the neighborhood or found on Google or other search engines. In addition, Nextdoor never shares personal information with any third parties. Unlike an email listserv or other online groups, neighbor posts are organized and archived for future reference.
“We believe a healthier and more engaged city creates stronger communities,” Brian Maxwell, City Manager, said. “Nextdoor will help create a stronger and safer community that we call home.”
Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website. Information shared on Nextdoor is only visible to verified members. The City of Galveston will be able to post important information, such as crime and safety updates or local events to the specific neighborhoods they affect using the service. However, the City will not be able to access the residents’ websites, contact information or content.
“This is an opportunity for us to send targeted information to specific neighborhoods. With so many events and upcoming roadwork, we truly feel this will be a key communication tool to give residents notice about closures that will impact them directly.” Jaree Fortin, Public Information Officer said.
Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com and enter their address. If Nextdoor is available in their area, they can immediately sign up. If a Nextdoor website has not yet been established for their area, active and engaged neighbors are invited to apply to bring Nextdoor to their neighborhood.