My obligatory EveryBlock post
Wired’s Compiler blog covered it:
The site touts itself as “a geographic filter” for your city or your neighborhood. Each of the three city-specific sites serve as an info-hub of sorts, showing the hot stories from local newspapers, radio and television stations as well as local blogs, free weekly papers and independent media sources.
Al Tompkins wrote a Poynter Centerpiece about it:
Holovaty: There are two main ways of reading news on EveryBlock — by location and by type. You can search for any address, neighborhood or zip code in the city (more on the city list in a bit), or you can browse by type of information: restaurant inspections, mainstream media articles/blog entries, crimes, building permits, etc.
Here’s the launch announcement from the site:
We aim to collect all of the news and civic goings-on that have happened recently in your city, and make it simple for you to keep track of news in particular areas. We’re a geographic filter — a “news feed” for your neighborhood, or, yes, even your block. Today we’re launching in three American cities: Chicago, New York and San Francisco.
Cory Bergman at Lost Remote thinks the site has a lot going for it:
I’ve always believed that the hyperlocal nut will be cracked with a technology solution, not a content solution. Why try to convince people to submit content when there’s already a ton of it out there that just needs organizing?
I checked out the page for my old neighborhood in New York, Chelsea, where I lived for 10 years. I can see the surveillance appeal — building permits issued, crime reports, etc. But I’m not sure how often I would check the page if I still lived there. Would it become a habit, a must-see destination in each day’s Web usage? Or would it be a once-in-a-blue-moon stop, only visited when I was killing time?