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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A new social networking campaign is up and running in St. Louis in an attempt to organize neighborhoods virtually.

St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed says his office has registered over a dozen neighborhoods on Nextdoor.com.

“Nextdoor is a community-based, neighborhood type of social network that allows neighbors to organize and they become more engaged in what’s happening in and around their community,” Reed explains.

The aldermanic president says eventually, Nextdoor will link all St. Louis City departments through the social networking tool, making it easier for residents to report problems, even crimes.

“When neighbors can begin to share information, they can engage in combating crime issues within their community,” he said. “Everything from borrowing a ladder from one neighbor to another or anything you can imagine.”

Nextdoor claims it is currently used by more than 17,000 communities nationwide. The site requires users to verify their address and only allows those within the boundaries of their neighborhood to view and post updates.

Reed believes Nextdoor has the ability to strengthen St. Louis neighborhoods by increasing resident participation and engaging young people. He says his plan to link the city’s departments to the network will likely take years to complete.

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