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Friday, February 22, 2008

Who are the (rotten) people in your neighborhood?

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 3:04 PM

And you thought the iBrattleboro lawsuit was juicy... Some enterprising team of people has created www.rottenneighbor.com, a site where you can tell the world about your rotten neighbors. There are actually a few local entries. I'm putting the comments here, but removing actual addresses.

Winooski:
Old guy that lives in this apt is a pain inthe ass. 40-ish guy that complains about noise too much and looksanorexic, get a life ****-head!

Burlington:
  The kids have no respect they won't listen and they have had the cops called on them many many times.

Williston:
dog bits [sic],kids very loud, smoke smells fromthere, they leave there butts out side for me to pick up, kids have sexout side and smoke, father never home, lots of kids coming and going,land loard don't care, nasty condo to live next to.

East Fletcher:
  Guy's a loser and a drunk.

Burlington:
  These neighbors are also very nice they are polite and considerate and also  has helped me jump my car many times Kudos to them.

Why build a site like this? Here's what the founders say:

What We Believe

  • Real estate agents are not obligated to disclose problem neighbors, leaving clients in the dark
  • Information on bad neighbors should be made freely and easily available to everyone
  • The internet can offer unique, valuable guidance to home buyers and sellers
  • The more rotten neighbors you contribute, the better the service for everyone.

You can comment on these opinions and report them abusive, but this site still seems risky. Can you really trust these anonymous tipsters to give good info? I like the Front Porch Forum model of neighborhood knowledge better, though, alas, you have to live in a neighborhood to see comments from neighborhood residents.

I must admit, I am tempted to log on and tell people about the drug dealing that goes on in my neighborhood.

I just told my co-workers about this site, and read the comments above out loud. They wondered how it will play in Vermont. Says Paula: "It's a good way to get your head blown off by your neighbor." Yup.

Thanks, Boing Boing.

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Cathy Resmer

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Cathy Resmer is a former staff writer and currently an associate publisher at Seven Days, and is one of the organizers of the Vermont Tech Jam. She's also the Copublisher and Executive Editor of Kids VT, Seven Days' free monthly parenting publication.

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