I signed up earlier this week and have seriously geeked out looking though my neighborhood's site. I have learned that a group of my neighbors is trying to lobby grocery store chains to build in our neighborhood. If you can believe it, we don't have a single grocery store in our neighborhood (we're sort of the red-headed step child of inner Houston). I've often complained to Dennis about this, but there's not much he or I can do on our own. Now I know who I can contact and work with about getting a grocery store. I found out about some recent break-ins, and burglars posing as postal workers to gain access to homes. I can now better protect myself and be on the lookout for their car (which I actually think I saw a few weeks ago - if only I had known!). One of my neighbors is planning a community event planting trees in our local park to replace the ones that died from the drought we had a couple of years ago. I could go on and on about all the cool stuff I've learned about my neighborhood thanks to this website.
One of the things I was hoping to gain from moving into the city was a sense of community and neighborhood. We've lived in our house for about a year now, and, sadly, I only know a few people who live on our block, and not a single person who isn't on our block. I'll see people riding their bikes or families taking their dog for a walk, but I'm way too socially awkward to just stop them and start up a conversation. NextDoor is the perfect opener for me to get to know my neighbors!!! (I also think it's a great tool for introverts to know what's going on in their neighborhoods without having to step outside their social comfort levels) I am seriously so excited about finding this site!! I look forward to being able to take Jack for a walk to the park and smiling, waving, and calling my neighbors by name!!!
If you want to build community in your neighborhood, you should check it out, too. I am in no way getting paid to write this and have not been asked to pass on the information about NextDoor. I just think this is a cool website and pretty much everyone can benefit from it. I will add, however, that if you sign up with NextDoor using this link, and you are the first person to register your neighborhood, we both get $50 Amazon gift cards. If your neighborhood is already registered, you still get to build a sense of community and get to know your neighbors, so I call it a win-win. What are you waiting for?!?