• dotNeighborhoods - Hunter College Urban Affairs Report

last modified March 23, 2014 by tomlowenhaupt

­In 2009 the Hunter College Graduate School of Urban Affairs Workshop reviewed several aspects of Connecting.nyc Inc.'s dotNeighborhoods initiative. This page summarizes and provides access to that report.


(Graphic courtesy OneWebDay Wordly Contest 2010

Further Tasks

    • Present report at dotNeighborhoods meeting at Neighborhood Preservation Center, January 26, 6:30 to 8:30.
    • Post report on Share sites


































    When Corona.nyc, JacksonHeights.nyc, Melrose.nyc, ParkSlope.nyc,  SoHo.nyc, Tribeca.nyc and 300 other neighborhood names become available upon the activation of the .nyc TLD, how will traditional civic practices be affected? What impact will their activation have on existing digital communication channels? How can we develop policies that assure that these names are used to serve resident needs? What local content should be made available to each dotNeighborhood? What technology should deliver it? Who should publish them? What’s the agreement that assures accountability?

    We began focusing on these and related questions on our dotNeighborhood pages in early 2009 and  sponsored several public meetings to generate interest and thought on the possibilities.

    To further the knowledge base on dotNeighborhoods, Connecting.nyc Inc. contracted with the Urban Development Workshop at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Under the able eye of Prof. Jill Simone Gross, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, a research team of Jennifer Dong, Barry Kogan, Matt Leiderman, and Melanie Reyes detailed the digital resources that currently exist within several identified neighborhoods and present the potential benefits that .nyc might offer. Entitled “A Case Study - Neighborhoods in a Digital Era” the report was completed in December 2009. The Executive Summary is presented below with the full report available here

    Executive Summary

    ­At the request of Connecting.nyc inc., a research team of Hunter College Graduate Students conducted a neighborhood case study to provide information for the organization’s dotNeighborhood initiative.  The group picked three neighborhoods that would be somewhat representative of other neighborhoods throughout the city: Park Slope, Harlem, and Pelham Bay.

    Park Slope was chosen for its prominent online presence, abundant resources and wide array of strong personalities. Harlem was chosen for its dual identities and prevalence of gentrification. Pelham Bay was chosen as a representation of suburban like communities in New York City.

    This report contains: a brief narrative history of each neighborhood, findings organized by themes (governance, identity and content) and recommendations based on these findings. The last part of the report is the appendix that gives supplemental information that we thought would be beneficial for Connecting.nyc to have as well as information they specifically requested that did not fit into the structure of our report.

    To collect information for our report, we used three methods: secondary online research, in-depth interviews and surveys. The surveys we issued were carefully crafted to give us insight on how we should approach certain interviewees and topics. The surveys were solely distributed to the Human Services Consortium of East Harlem and were used to guide our interview instrument. To conduct our interviews, we did extensive research about the current media resources available in each neighborhood. In some cases we extended our targets from media sources to other sources depending on the neighborhood. For example, in Pelham Bay, there seemed to be a lack of media (both online and print) organizations and we extended our potential interviewees to include government officials and local institutions.

    Our major findings were that competition, politics, and resources can potentially hinder governance; identity is a complex subject to define and may be at the will of artificial boundaries; and content can range based on the abilities of the web developers. Our recommendations include: emphasizing collaboration in dotNeighborhood governance; be flexible when allocating neighborhood domains, since there are some situations where it may make sense to be creative and combine neighborhoods into a single channel or expand a channel to include surrounding areas; and lastly there needs to be a good balance of content that reflects the many needs of a given community. See the full 43 page report here.

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