Category Archives: Community Building

Baby spider plants and meeting neighbors in Morrisville

Yvette shared on the Morrisville FPF today…

I posted those baby spider plants on our Front Porch Forum yesterday and today? I got 7 “hits” with folks who were wanting to adopt them.They came and got them and carefully put them into their vehicles (one girl was on a bike) and took them home. Baby plants finding homes via the forum? You should be proud, FPF, for coming up with such a great plan for an online community bulletin board. Great service. Huge fan. Huge.

Dachshund keeping up with the big dogs

Jim posted the note below recently on his neighborhood Front Porch Forum

Seeking “Little Red Wagon” or Similar

We’ve tried the thrift shops and not much time to go garage-saling. We’re looking for an inexpensive small child’s wagon. (It’s not for a child…it’s for a middle-aged Dachshund who likes to go for long walks with his young Great Dane brother & Goldendoodle buddy, but can’t make the return trip without going flop-bottom).

Followed today by…

Elvin the Dachshund is FPF’s Newest Fan

You may see him around in his “little red wagon,” kindly donated by a neighborhood family in response to my post. Now he can keep up with the big dogs.

EveryBlock back at it with Comcast at the wheel

From the Washington Post today

The cable giant Comcast is reviving the once-future of local online news, announcing on its corporate blog that it has expanded its relaunch of the news and social site EveryBlock to include its home city of Philadelphia, at the same time the company is digging into its potential nation-wide merger with Time Warner Cable.

“EveryBlock,” writes Comcast’s director of local media development Paul Wright, “is a personalized news feed that allows users to stay connected with neighbors, interact and share what’s happening on their block, and discover great content and information from around their area.  The hyper-local site aggregates news, reviews, events, local blogs and other web content, civic data (like crime reports and 311 requests), as well as user-generated questions and comments, and packages it into a personalized feed for users.”

While the relaunch of EveryBlock Philly is new, Comcast revived the Chicago edition of the site in late January…

Friend of Front Porch Forum, Adrian Holovaty founded EveryBlock in 2007, and received Knight Foundation funding (as FPF did a couple years later).  From the Post article…

Holovaty, in an e-mail, describes himself both pleased and doubtful. “I’ve enjoyed having EveryBlock back because it helps me know what’s happening in my neighborhood,” he says. “But I’m very skeptical about Comcast’s ability to maintain the site well. They’ve given a lot of lip service to putting resources into it, but behind the scenes they aren’t doing much moderation, resulting in off-topic discussions on the site. Plus, more broadly, they don’t have a vision for it.”

Before Adrian left EveryBlock, their Chicago site enjoyed great traction and engagement.  It’s not clear if they can get that back… especially across many different metro areas.