KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City is joining the new social media website Nextdoor to improve communication with and within neighborhoods.
The private social network for neighborhoods improves community engagement at the neighborhood level, and Wednesday Mayor Sly James' Office, the City Manager's Office and Police Department started to use Nextdoor to share information on public safety issues, public meetings and seasonal neighborhood issues and services.
"We hope that this increases the use of it so that neighbors can talk to each other," City Communications Director Chris Hernandez said. "Whether it's over the back fence the way it use to be or they're typing out messages to each other online, this is a way to get neighbors talking to neighbors. That builds a better neighborhood. It also builds a safer a neighborhood. It enables them to say 'hey did you know what's happening two streets over or can I borrow your ladder?' Simple things like that build a stronger city."
More than 100 neighborhoods, representing nearly 40 percent of the Kansas City metro, currently use Nextdoor.