Office of Mayor William Peduto
The City of Pittsburgh Marks One Year Anniversary of Successful Partnership with Nextdoor

PITTSBURGH, PA (May 27, 2015) - Today, Mayor Peduto and the City of Pittsburgh mark the one-year anniversary of its partnership with Nextdoor, the free and private social network for neighborhoods. The partnership was established to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications.

Since the partnership launched a year ago last May, adoption of Nextdoor in Pittsburgh has risen dramatically. Over the past year, membership has nearly doubled and 82 Pittsburgh neighborhoods are now connected on Nextdoor.

To date, eight City of Pittsburgh departments have adopted Nextdoor, making it one of the most comprehensive Nextdoor partnerships to date. Participating departments include: Office of the Mayor, Department of Innovation and Performance including 311, Department of Public Works, Department of Public Safety, Community Affairs, Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment, and newly added CitiParks and Personnel and Civil Service Commission.

“Our city is stronger when we have informed and active residents,” Mayor Peduto said. “Their input is vital to not only helping our local government respond to community needs, but helping each other. Nextdoor has become a connecting fabric empowering residents to engage with their own neighborhoods – the more residents know and get involved, the more every single resident of this city will benefit.”

In the last year, the City and Pittsburgh residents have worked together to build stronger, safer communities on Nextdoor. The City of Pittsburgh has proactively shared nearly 300 posts with members on either a city-wide or a neighborhood level.

In addition, Pittsburgh residents have been using Nextdoor to connect with each other about neighborhood public safety issues, share resources amongst families, lend a helping hand to each other, plan events and activities and even help return lost pets to their owners. For example:

  • Neighbors in Lawrenceville came together to offer regular rides to an elderly neighbor who did not own a car.

  • During a rash of five break-ins in the Fineview area, neighbors banded together and shared information on Nextdoor that led to the criminal’s arrest.

  • Neighbors in East Liberty used Nextdoor to help raise funds for the Free Little Library community garden, giving neighborhood children easy access to books and an opportunity to learn more about gardening.

“The residents and City of Pittsburgh's successful integration and effective use of Nextdoor over the past year should be commended,” said Sarah Leary, Co-Founder of Nextdoor. “Residents and entire communities feel a stronger connection to each other and the City, and we are honored that Nextdoor has played a role in that.”

Nextdoor is free for residents. 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 cannot 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.

Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit nextdoor.com/pittsburgh and enter their address.

If residents have questions about their Nextdoor website, please visit help.nextdoor.com.

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