Jackson Hts., New York, August 21, 2014 – One of most promising developments to come out of city hall with regard to the .nyc TLD is the reservation of the neighborhood names. In the mayor’s press release of August 4 he announced that nearly 400 of them had been set aside for development by public interest groups. Already a licensing agreement has been drafted and an application process established.
What’s next? There are plans to use the neighborhoods.nyc domain name as a repository for local data, features, services, and expertise that can assist with residents with the development of their neighborhood names. And a conference on using technology to develop neighborhoods in the early planning stage.
While we’re waiting for those resources to be realized, it might be good to do some fundamental thinking about the nature of a neighborhood. What do neighborhoods do? And what might digital neighborhoods do? What role does digital technology play with neighborhood formation and development? And will digital capacity enlarge or shrink the footprint of a neighborhood? We’ve some wiki pages on these topics here.
(Note: A meeting on Neighborhood Building was held on August 22. The bullet points are available in Comment 1 to this post.)