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Nextdoor, a free social network site, links neighbor to neighbor
Nextdoor, a free social network site, links neighbor to neighbor

I had no idea a flasher plagued my Los Feliz neighborhood –– until I joined Nextdoor, a free social network website geared to individual neighborhoods. I was, in fact, ignorant of considerable activity, all within blocks of me: a rash of car break-ins, stolen flowerpots, cat-killing coyotes, a murder suspect, an illegal house demolition and a lost French bulldog named Batgirl. It's the latest hyper-local trend: connecting with your neighbors via smartphones and laptops. Since its launch in 2011, San Francisco-based Nextdoor has penetrated 1 in 5 U.S. neighborhoods, more than 36,000 neighborhoods in all 50 states. Los Angeles County has 1,292 neighborhood sites;...

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