ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – It's been three years since the NextDoor social networking app launched in the city of St. Louis connecting neighbors to their neighborhoods in new ways. On Sunday, Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed celebrated three years of a successful partnership and honored neighborhood champions.
"The thing that makes it work are all the residents coming together, the sharing of ideas and creating special groups within those neighborhood organizations" said President Reed. "All within the app itself and making it work" he said.
One of those residents, who have been involved with NextDoor in St. Louis since its launch, is Lafayette Square's Michael Petetit.
"I use it to put things out there and I use it to let people know about crime stats because that’s why I started using NextDoor" Petetit said. "It allows the city residents to find out issues that are important to them from the city letting us know and also from us neighbors to neighbors" Petetit said.
Unlike other social apps like Facebook or Twitter which connects worldwide users to each other, NextDoor only allows residents to join their neighborhoods page. President Reed says in three years, participation in St. Louis has skyrocketed with over 1000 people joining the platform every day.
"You’re sharing ideas and things with your direct neighbor and you all have something in common, you’re neighborhood and the safety, security and the development of your neighborhood" Reed said.
"Information is power and the more information we can have about things we can do to protect ourselves or get involved, or do some things in an active way" said Petetit.
As the app continually expands, Reed is hopeful that its use in St. Louis also grows.
"More of the city departments connected to it, more of the elected officials connected to it so that they can take part in it and neighbors from throughout the communities can share their ideas and also their concerns directly with their elected officials" said Reed.
The app is free for download for both Android and iPhone users.