Topeka neighborhoods use social media to stay connected

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It’s Facebook, for neighborhoods. That is what users describe a website that the City of Topeka is bringing to neighborhoods all across the city.

“I want it to be successful because it would be very helpful for our neighborhood,” said Rose Mary Medrano.

Rose Mary Medrano lives in the Valley Park neighborhood.
Her neighborhood improvement association is six years old, but now, thanks to a new type of social media, getting connected will be much easier.

“This would be the next best thing to keep in touch with each other, and to alert one another and to communicate as to what the activities are in our area,” said Medrano.

Medrano’s neighborhood started their nextdoor.com profile last Thursday.
The City of Topeka brought the networking website to every neighborhood in the city about a year ago, people can communicate and connect with their neighbors virtually.

“40 years ago, everybody spent time on their front porch, technology drove us indoors, it’s this technology that is creating this virtual neighborhood for people to meet their neighbors again,” said Lt. Darin Scott, with the Topeka Police Department.

Topeka currently has 49 different neighborhoods registered on the website.

“We’re really running with this for the City of Topeka. We want Topeka to be a nextdoor.com city,” said Scott.

Medrano says having her neighborhood active on nextdoor.com will improve not only communication, but relations between her neighbors.

“Instead of going door-to-door and I think so, I think it will help putting the word out, we need volunteers for games or participants or whatever we’re going to need,” said Medrano.

Instead of ringing a doorbell, your neighbors are just a click away.

You have to be able to verify your address before you can get into your neighborhood’s group. No one else can sign into your neighborhood.

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