Starting today, Menlo Park residents can use Nextdoor to create private websites for their neighborhoods where they can get to know their neighbors, ask questions, and exchange local advice and recommendations. Topics of discussion on Nextdoor are as varied as local events, school activities, plumber and babysitter recommendations, disaster preparedness, recent crime activity, upcoming garage sales or even lost pets.
“We believe a healthier and more engaged city creates stronger communities,” said Cherise Brandell, Menlo Park Community Services Director. “Nextdoor will help create a stronger and safer community and build on the strong neighborhood connections people in Menlo Park already have.”
People using Nextdoor must verify that they live within a specific neighborhood. Information shared via Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by those outside the neighborhood or found on Google or other search engines. Personal information is not shared with any third parties. Unlike an email listserv or other online group, neighbor posts are organized and archived for future reference.
Several Nextdoor neighborhood groups already exist, including: Suburban Park, the Willows, Stanford Hills, Vintage Oaks, Lorelei, Stanford Oaks, North Fair Oaks, Linfield Oaks, University Heights, The Oaks, and Sharon Heights. Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com and enter their address. If Nextdoor is available in your area, you can immediately sign up.
If a Nextdoor neighborhood has not yet been established for your area, you can apply to bring Nextdoor to your neighborhood as a “Founding Member.” To learn more, go to www.nextdoor.com and watch the video. If you are interested in being the Founding Member of your Nextdoor neighborhood website, go to www.nextdoor.com/priority and enter your address.