Neighborhood Watch Goes Online: New App Links Austin Neighbors

Austin News and ViewsThe days of lost dog posters and last-minute babysitter scrambles may be coming to a close. Nextdoor is an app that connects neighbors via their smartphone to help organize neighborhood watches and community conversations. Over 200 neighborhoods in Austin have already signed up for the app, which is set to roll out this summer. Members sign up and provide prove of residence through a landline number, credit card billing address or by returning a piece of mail sent to your claimed address. In Austin the site has activity in more than 262 Austin neighborhoods, according to Kelsey Grady of Nextdoor. “We find that people just don’t roll in the welcome wagon every time someone moves in the neighborhood these days,” she said. But Grady argued that neighborhood social networking sites like Nextdoor can actually restore lost relations and face-to-face communication in communities.

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