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February 21, 2011



This is AWESOME!


This will be a great resource, I think low list serve counts might also be illustrating the "digital divide" and not that those neighborhoods don't have ways of distributing information.

And based on Phil's neighborhood map it looks like the East Durham Neighborhoods have a number of boundary disputes in the making.

Andrew Edmonds

I thought about (but, lazily, never did) creating something like this site when I was on the Durham Open Space and Trails Commission — in order to more easily notify residents of trail construction projects and events in close proximity to their neighborhoods. There could be any number of uses for a site like this, so thanks to Phillip Bost for putting it together.

When I was with DOST, I was able to get from the City/County Planning Department a set of GIS shapefiles of the groups listed in the Neighborhood Organization Directory (found here:; Bost may want to pursue this himself. It included all known active groups, not just those with listservs, so it would simplify his mapping life.

Staci Rachman

Scarsdale Village's is:


So what does the color-code mean on this map?

Phil Bost

GreenLantern, each color corresponds to which Partners Against Crime District the neighborhood falls under.
Blue = PAC-1, Green = PAC-2, Yellow = PAC-3, Purple = PAC-4, and Gray = PAC-5.

Thanks for your question, and thanks to Kevin for such a flattering write-up. I'm getting a lot of emails this morning requesting that I add this or that neighborhood. Keep them coming! If your neighborhood isn't represented, I want to know about it so I can improve this resource.


hope valley has an active listserv. I don't see it on the durhamhoods page

Dan S.

I actually built a complete website for my neighborhood, including a blog, a photo gallery space, a neighborhood LDAP-driven directory and a forum. Spent quite a while getting it perfect and more than a few bucks on hosting and registering the domain and my neighbors refused to use it, preferring the existing (and frequently inaccessible) Yahoo group, instead.


What does Red mean? Since it is distributed across PAC districts...

Rob Gillespie

From what I can gather, it means that the website's creator couldn't find a listserv or group for that neighborhood.


Please disregard the previous post. I went to the site and started clicking around. Red is for the neighborhoods without a listserve.

Some of these places have neighborhood block captains and regularly participate in the PAC meetings. They sometimes have one person who is active and engaged and gathers info from neighbors through word of mouth.

Mike Woodard

Phil: This is great work. As one who subscribes to most of these listservs already--and actually reads them almost daily--I'm happy to complete my collection.

One small rant: A number of 'hoods keep their listservs closed, which I understand. However, when there is news that their neighbors (or elected officials) would find helpful to know, we aren't able to learn of it.

If you neighborhood maintains a closed listserv, please consider two things:
1. Maintaining a separate, open listserv, realizing there will be confusion and extra work; or
2. Designate someone in your neighborhood to post "regional" issues, questions, and news to your PAC listserv and the INC listserv.

To everyone who maintains listservs: Thanks! When I talk with people from other cities, they are amazed at how powerful our listserv culture is in Durham.

Phil Bost

Mike, you and I are definitely on the same page here. Neighborhoods can benefit greatly from being in touch with the neighborhoods that border them.
Thanks for checking out my site. I meant to introduce myself at the last PAC-2 meeting. I'll catch you next time though.


Yeah, this is great stuff Phil! I actually am amazed that not many other cities/towns have as powerful listservs and blogs as Durham. Every time I look to find info on areas, it's blogs where I look...I'm never satisfied...Even Neighborhood Associations. Not many other cities are connected via the internetlike Durham is...

Phil Bost

If this is the Freddie I think it is, I meant to introduce myself to you too at the PAC-2 meeting. Next time, sir!


I love this idea. However I hate that the mode of connection, Yahoo group listserve, would sell the top advertising spot to the right leaning NEWSMAX organization. A great idea spoiled by the follow thru...

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