0221: /cliffview.construction

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Opening the lines of communication

So a new subdivision of 50 units is being built near my home.  It’s a massive project and my former dead-end street is being extended and connected to another street.  This involved paving, plumbing and everything else involved with building roads and houses.

The excavators, cements trucks and other massive machines are everywhere and the two routes to my house are often blocked off. Well, they always leave one open while they work on the other. The problem is, I never which one is open on which day.  I also didn’t know that they would cut my water for a day and a half while they put in more street sewers.  Communication with the locals is not something this construction company is particularly good at.

So I went to their management trailer and suggested they post any updates at localweb.is/cliffview.construction.  They agreed and communication has been a lot better.  Not because they didn’t want to communicate, but because it was cumbersome for them to do so before.  But with the local web, think of it like a local twitter, they post an update that one of the streets will be blocked for the day and I can check that on my phone before I head out in the morning.

Because the local web is hyper local, even those residents who are not following /cliffview.construction can still get notified because that slash is very popular within the 1 mile around the construction site, so it’s constantly at the top of localweb.is which is a front page for the local web.  If you use the local web, and why wouldn’t you, then you will be informed about what’s going on.  All without a construction working having to knock on your door.

In fact, they even put the /cliffview.construction  URL on their detour signs.  Thanks guys!

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0093: /esl

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Opportunity for all

It takes guts and determination to uproot your family and go to a new country.  For most immigrants a critical aspect of that journey includes learning a second language.  /esl provides a way to connect to others going through the same experience and to find help and resources.

Just moved to the Villa Park neighborhood in Denver?  /esl can help your family quickly see what local resources are available outside of   a formal educational setting.  Want to know how others nearby have navigated getting a job or learned job-specific English?  You can quickly find out, and offer your expertise / experience as a resource.

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0064: /littleart

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A guide to the little things

Not all art lives in a museum or gallery.  While it may not inspire documentaries, books or essays, a chalk drawing, a carefully crafted adobe wall, or an iron sculpture that’s a couple of blocks over can change our mental or emotional landscape.  This art can give us room to breathe and to enjoy all of the little things in life.

/littleart can be used as a source of inspiration, a chance to get away from the day’s pressures, or a guide to plan your next walk around the neighborhood.

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0059: /scam-alerts

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Local alert system

Getting information out quickly about scams is important.  By the time the local newspaper or the police department is aware of a problem, the scammers are often long gone.

With /scam-alerts neighbors can share information and keep an eye out for each other.  Someone spending a little too much time in a yard that’s not theirs?  Neighbors can quickly confirm if that person lives in the area, and someone can politely but firmly say hi to let him / her know that residents are on the lookout for each other.  Someone offering to do yard work but you’re not sure if they’re reliable?  Check in on /scam-alerts to see if anyone’s reported back on them.

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0028: /kids-of-valle-vista

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Neighborhood watch for the       modern world

This is the 400 block of Valle Vista Avenue in Oakland.  Like most streets it’s got kids running around…and even though it’s a fairly   quiet neighborhood, things like the occasional careless driver still exist and are a concern to parents.

A Localweb.is URL like /kids-of-valle-vista can enable people with or without children to communicate what’s going on, at a hyperlocal level.  Need to intro a new neighbor?  Noticed an odd visitor to the street the last few days?  /kids-of-valle-vista can help connect people and make sure children are safe.

Another convention of Localweb.is that’s on display is how information spreads based on its content.  Introducing a new neighbor is something that likely won’t need to travel more than a block or two, but alerting people about a burglary that occurred in the area might be important a half mile or even a mile way.

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Information spreads naturally based on its importance.  For example, in the fictional scenario above (using characters from the TV show Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) Carlton won’t see anything his Uncle Phil creates or interacts with that’s outside his radius, unless he views a URL that his buddy Will replies to. This convention will keep info that’s local, local…while also enabling more important info like crime, or a wildfire, to spread quickly.

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