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Continued: St. Louis Park and Nextdoor work to improve neighbor-to-neighbor communication

  • Article by: ELIZABETH HUSTAD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 25, 2014 - 3:00 PM

“We try and let our neighborhoods grow and manage themselves as organically as possible,” St. Louis Park’s Zwilling said. “We see our role, in the city, as a way to point people to different tools.”

Even if things don’t change on the ground, people may still benefit from online neighborhood networking. In neighborhoods that already maintain networking sites or neighborhood-specific blogs, people who don’t know any of their neighbors are, surprisingly, just as likely to engage in online interaction with them as are their more garrulous counterparts who personally know most or all of their neighbors, according to the Pew Center’s survey.

Gottesman said she hasn’t yet seen any evidence of Nextdoor’s effects popping up offline, though she also said that temperatures hardly hovering above zero may be countering any positive impact. Spring and summer may bring a different story.

Elizabeth Hustad is a University of Minnesota student reporter on assignment for the Star Tribune.


    ABOUT NEXTDOOR’s hyperlocal website

    What it is: A hyperlocal social networking website based in San Franciso

    Nationwide: Has involved 28,000 neighborhoods since its 2011 debut

    In Minnesota: St. Louis Park recently joined Roseville and Edina as the third city in Minnesota to partner with the company.

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