Philadelphia, December 18, 2014 – Richard Negrin, Managing Director and Deputy Mayor for Planning & Coordination, announced that the City of Philadelphia will partner with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), a private social network for neighborhoods, to improve city-to-resident and neighbor-to-neighbor communications throughout Philadelphia. Partnering with Nextdoor will facilitate work being done by City of Philadelphia departments and Philadelphia Town Watch to build stronger, safer and more prepared communities. Participating City departments are the Office of Emergency Management, Streets, Licenses & Inspections and Town Watch Integrated Services.
“Philadelphia is an innovative and resourceful city. Joining the Nextdoor network is another way to further our efforts to improve safety, strengthen community engagement and prepare for – and recover from – emergency situations,” said Managing Director Richard Negrin. “Giving residents more avenues to easily and effectively connect with City government, and each other, about the issues that matter most to their communities will create a better Philadelphia.”
Nextdoor is free for residents and the City. With Nextdoor, Philadelphia residents can create private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets. Each Philadelphia neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. Many neighborhoods across the City are already using Nextdoor. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website; all members must verify that they live within the neighborhood before joining Nextdoor.
The City of Philadelphia will be able to post information, such as news, services, programs, free events, and emergency and safety notifications, to Nextdoor websites serving Philadelphia communities. City officials will not be able to access residents’ websites, contact information, or content. Using a tool that is already established and easily-adopted among residents will give City leaders access to existing networks to disseminate information in a timely manner. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by Google or other search engines.
“We have always invested in new ways to strengthen our Philadelphia communities,” said Streets Commissioner David Perri. “Having the ability to easily communicate and connect with residents is extremely vital to not only maintaining, but increasing the quality of life, overall safety and engagement of our residents, and Nextdoor will help us do that.”
Philadelphia residents interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visitwww.nextdoor.com/philadelphia and enter their home address. If residents have questions about their Nextdoor website, please visit help.nextdoor.com.