Partnership will help enhance citywide communications and facilitate virtual neighborhood watch
Pittsburgh, PA – The City of Pittsburgh announced today a partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications.
Led by Mayor Peduto, this integration with Nextdoor will enable the Mayor’s Office, the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Public Works to use Nextdoor to build stronger, safer communities with the help of Pittsburgh residents. The City departments and Nextdoor neighborhoods will be able to work together to increase safety and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch.
“Pittsburgh is an innovative and resourceful city. Joining Nextdoor is another way to further our efforts in making Pittsburgh an even greater place to live,” said Mayor Peduto. “Giving residents more avenues to easily and effectively connect with city departments, and each other, about the things that matter most to their communities will create a safer, stronger Pittsburgh.”
Already Nextdoor has proven to be an essential and well-adopted tool for Pittsburgh residents. More than 67 neighborhoods, representing 80% of the City of Pittsburgh, have started Nextdoor websites.
With Nextdoor, Pittsburgh residents can create private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets. The City will be able to post information, such as important news, services, programs, free events, and emergency notifications to Nextdoor websites within the city.
Nextdoor is free for residents and the City. Each Pittsburgh neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website and the City will not be able to access residents’ websites, contact information, or content. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood before joining Nextdoor. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by Google or other search engines.
“Having the ability to easily communicate with residents is extremely vital to not only maintaining, but increasing, safety and reducing crime within our Pittsburgh communities,” said Commander RaShall Brackney. “With Nextdoor we can help empower neighbors to keep their communities safe and connected and give them the ability to collaborate on virtual neighborhood watch efforts.”
Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com/pittsburgh and enter their address. If residents have questions about their Nextdoor website, please visit help.nextdoor.com.