Kindly Proximity

The Actual Best of Nextdoor

The neighborly social network isn’t all NIMBY anxiety and passive-aggressive jabs about unmowed lawns.

By Zoe Sayler April 8, 2020 Published in the April/May 2020 issue of Seattle Met

The social networking site Nextdoor bills itself as a “neighborhood hub,” but sometimes it reads more like a paranoid police blotter, piping up when anyone in a hoodie gets too close to a porch cam. Locally we take to it with such elan (like a Seahawks-related noise complaint post that spurred a real-life brawl in West Seattle) that the national Twitter account @bestofnextdoor christened Seattle “the Florida of Nextdoor.” But the site—which can show us at our petty worst—also occasionally blossoms into magnanimity.

Feline Friends

Wallingford resident Cindy Suzumura lost her cat, Nagi. She posted about it on Nextdoor: “My daughter will be heartbroken if he doesn’t come home.” Soon, her neighbor responded that Nagi was spending every morning at a nearby home befriending the resident cat (who happens to look like his lost sibling). 

Steeped in Generosity

Foundation House at Northgate, a retirement community right by the former mall, planned to host high tea. But according to a Nextdoor post, it lacked “the tea cups that make it so special.” That prompted so many gifts that the residents, most of them over 90 years old, had to donate extras.

Pursuit of Hoppiness

Queen Anne green thumb Cindy Lane didn’t make beer but had a “few happy hops vines.” So she announced them to any interested party in a Nextdoor section full of brewers. Five months later—after stopping by to pick—a neighbor brought Lane some close-to-home brew.

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