August 8, 2000
Using the Web to Keep Connected
(WRAL) -- Cookouts and swapping stories on the front porch
-- it is the way many of us keep up with the latest neighborhood news.
Others catch up through newsletters. Now, communities have found a
new way to stay connected.
The Old West
Durham neighborhood is rich in history. Neighbors are building a
new community on the World Wide Web.
"It helps communicate
more visually than we could by telling them," says Pam Spaulding.
association went high-tech about two years ago. It is up to Spaulding
to make sure her neighbors are wired to the latest community news.
see there's an identity," says Spaulding. She says the site is a
way to get news out quickly and it offers valuable information.
"What it can
do is provide resources -- city resources -- how to contact animal
control, the police, the fire department," she says.
The site is
used to announce neighborhood meetings and yard sales. It is also
a very modern way of preserving history.
"Why were these
homes built and who were these people? I think the Web site helps
you know that."
has learned a lot about her neighborhood and her neighbors through
a sense of pride in the community. [When] we have a neighborhood
cleanup, Pam always gets pictures and puts them on the Web site,"
Web site cannot replace the front porch and getting to know your
neighbors face to face, but it can add another dimension to the
the Old West Durham neighborhood will be recognized as a local legacy
at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. Its entry was compiled
from information on its Web site.
OnLine Producer: Michelle Singer
Capitol Broadcasting Company,
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