For a glimpse into the nonsense that unfolded in the Bay Area’s neighborhoods in 2019, all you will have to do is scan Nextdoor, the web site and app that has change into a digital gathering place for neighbors because it launched in 2008.

Even higher, peruse the wildly well-liked and hilarious Best of Nextdoor aggregator on Twitter and Fb that pulls collectively probably the most random gadgets from Nextdoor.

Based in 2008, Nextdoor is meant to be a place the place individuals publish suggestions, updates and issues about their neighborhoods. The content material is normally easy with somebody alerting the block of a misplaced canine or a storage break-in. However usually a thread with a petty grievance — whether or not it is somebody complaining concerning the new paint job on a home, or the sound of somebody’s “La Cucaracha” automotive horn — can flip into one thing worthy of a “Saturday Night time Dwell” skit, or a scorched-earth political debate.


San Francisco’s personal Jenn Takahashi has chronicled some of probably the most amusing antics since beginning Best of Nextdoor in 2017. Within the gallery above you will discover her picks from the Bay Area this yr, from somebody who discovered a goat on his roof, a request for a 17-year-old to pet a bat and a name to dad and mom on the block to come collectively to limit children’ time taking part in the online game Fortnite.

Takahasi now has greater than 324,000 followers on Twitter, and you may study extra about how and why she began Best of Nextdoor from this earlier SFGATE story, “Meet the girl behind the funniest account on Twitter.”

Amy Graff is a digital editor with SFGATE. E mail her at agraff@sfgate.com.