November 30, 2015, Jackson Hts., NYC – My neighborhood is the place where most all my needs are me. It’s where I live, I eat, I work, I sleep, and I play. Not all the time – my work and vacations draw me away, and Manhattan’s wonders tempt me all too often – but most of the time. And as I’m getting up there in years, I’m beginning to think (hope?) that it’s the place where I’ll end my days (more on this below).
Next to my health and my family, my neighborhood is probably the most important thing in my life. And I’m blessed to live in a wonderful one – Jackson Heights.
In two days I’m heading to a meeting at Queens Borough Hall to discuss what could be an important addition to my neighborhood, JacksonHeights.nyc and the vast potential it offers. It’s something I’ve thought about for 15 yeas, and now its just around the corner. Here’s what “I want” to happen to my neighborhood as a result of the development of the neighborhood domain name.
- I want JacksonHeights.nyc to add more community to my neighborhood. (For background, a neighborhood is a geographic area and a community is connections, friendships, shared interests, and support. It can be local or global.)
- I want “adding more community” to be a priority requirement for any entity that’s given the license to run JacksonHeights.nyc.
- I want JacksonHeights.nyc to help create a more collaborative and caring neighborhood – on and offline.
- I want it to expose and highlight needs.
- I want it to facilitate the creation of caring communities that focus on the needy.
- I want it to highlight opportunities.
- I want it to facilitate collaborations.
- I want it to offer a great decision-making tool, one that helps form a majority without crushing minorities.
- I want a JacksonHeights.nyc that’s organized and governed as a commons, with collaborative decision making by all the neighborhood’s stakeholders.
- I want JacksonHeights.nyc to help existing organizations (for and nonprofits) achieve their missions.
- I want JacksonHeights.nyc to pay its way and create a local job or two.
- I want JacksonHeights.nyc to be the first choice for local businesses online advertising dollars.
- I want JacksonHeights.nyc to be the place where residents turn for recommendations from their neighbors for dentists, doctors, electricians, plumbers, restaurants…
- I want JacksonHeights.nyc to be the first place people turn to learn about what goes on in the neighborhood – a neighborhood calendar to plan you life around.
- I want a JacksonHeights.nyc to be a local as we want it to be, with the calendar having a check box that allows me to say “Invite the world” or “Just for the neighborhood.”
- I want it to show all the 311 and 911 calls. (Respecting privacy of course.)
- I want it to help organize residents to resolve issues raised by 311 and 911 calls.
- I want JacksonHeights.nyc to
- I want JacksonHeights.nyc to present all the information about the neighborhood that I or any visitor might want. This is information that we all know collectively and should be presented by wiki-style.
- I want the operator of JacksonHeights.nyc to serve desktops, phones, tablets, etc.
- I want all the software used on JacksonHeights.nyc to be open source.
- I want JacksonHeights.nyc to share its riches with other city neighborhoods.
- And I want our neighborhood to train its residents on using JacksonHeights.nyc in schools and senior centers.
The city’s extensive and well thought out application for the neighborhood domain names leads me to think the administration shares these thoughts. But it will surely take the engagement and support of many to make then a reality. I hope many of you will be in Borough Hall, Room 200 on Wednesday morning at 9:30 (see invite post here) to add your Wants to this list.