EveryBlock is up in more cities!

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It’s been a whirlwind December for the EveryBlock Team as we announced our newest city members. Last week, we brought EveryBlock back to Boston, Cambridge, and Brookline, while also introducing a new addition—Medford, MA. Mayor Mike McGlynn of Medford hosted a press conference to mark the occasion. Click here for the full announcement.

And earlier this week, we re-launched EveryBlock in Houston, complete with updated neighborhood and super neighborhood boundaries as well as Houston 311 data. Mayor Annise Parker and Councilman Ed Gonzalez helped us celebrate in City Hall. Read the full press release here.

We look forward to working with all of our EveryBlock communities to help drive community awareness, promote public data, and connect people to one another. Here’s to a great 2015!


CHIdeas – the City of Chicago’s new online community forum

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The city of Chicago has released a new tool, CHIdeas, to help generate new ideas to help improve the city. Currently, the city is looking for feedback on four ideas: supporting small businesses, emergency preparedness, reading, and a City Hall photo collage.

This site is an online platform to provide opportunities for government and citizens to work together by connecting civic challenges to community problem-solvers. We believe the best way to tackle challenges that affect the community is with the community. By using a platform that allows members of the community to contribute from their own homes and on their own schedules, we believe that we will be able to engage a broader audience. And with this broader audience comes a broader range of ideas, solutions and participation. So, who should participate on this site? You! We want your ideas, your feedback, your comments and your point of view. Together, we can build a better community!

Learn more at: http://www.chideas.org/


Popular in Chicago: December 5th

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Happy Friday! Here are some of the happening posts of the week on EveryBlock Chicago.

Have some winter fun in Rogers Park.

Poll: What’s the Best Bakery in the Loop?

Best places to work in Ravenswood.

Anyone need a TV?

Enjoy Some Holiday Lights.

Help a neighbor out: How to request more trash cans?

Have a good weekend!


More Chicago Open Data

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There’s a new dataset on Chicago’s open data portal - roadway construction moratoriums – streets that CANNOT have any construction on them. From the city:

Moratoriums are established by the Department of Transportation as a method of protecting reconstructed or repaved roadways within the boundaries of the city. By having access to this Moratorium list in advance, contractors or utilities with projects that require excavation of roadways can more effectively plan and review conflicts that will be encountered.

Check out the dataset here: https://data.cityofchicago.org/Transportation/Roadway-Construction-Moratoriums/ndbz-vy4e


Lessons from Philadelphia’s open data progress

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Sunlight Foundation has a piece on lessons learned from Philadelphia’s open data policy, including the demand vs. cost of public data sets. It’s worth a read -

As open data efforts mature around the country, more places with open data policies are taking the time to reflect on their progress and plan for the future.

Philadelphia, one of the first dozen cities in the country to have an open data policy, is providing an example of what this reflection and planning can look like. The city’s Open Data Team recently released a Strategic Plan and Open Data Census, highlighting lessons from the first two years of its open data program and looking at how to make improvements going forward. Philadelphia’s efforts can help provide lessons to other places looking for ways to be more transparent about the process of opening up data.

Read More: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2014/12/03/opening-up-the-open-data-pipelines/


Popular in Chicago: November 21st

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Happy Friday! Here are some of the happening posts of the week on EveryBlock Chicago.

How’s your commute going?

Seeking bicycle donations.

Are birdbaths & bird feeders illegal?

My Dog Needs a Taxi.

Places to walk around Lincoln Square.

Speaking of Lincoln…

Have a great weekend everyone!


Popular in Chicago: November 14th

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Happy Friday! Here are some of the happening threads of the week on EveryBlock Chicago.

Thanksgiving’s coming up: find out where to get Thanksgiving baskets, where to volunteer, and where to go to avoid cooking.

Weigh in: feedback for California El transit.

Neighbor Question: Do you have to pick up fallen leaves?

How to handle abandoned vehicles.

Watch out: needles in Humboldt Park.


Popular in Chicago: November 7th

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Happy Friday! Here are some of the happening threads of the week on EveryBlock Chicago.

Metra Feedback Opportunity

Thoughts on noisy neighborhoods: what should you do?

Seriously people,pick up after your dog.

Plans for the 71st Grocery Store

Neighbor Poll: How often should recycling be collected?

Note to everyone: no more black trash bags.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Chicago Public High Schools, Students Ready For The Challenge

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Chicago Bears offensive lineman Jordan Mills kicked off the “Get Schooled, Get Connected Challenge” at Clemente High School last month when he personally challenged 300-plus students in attendance to the semester-long contest. The challenge uses a technology-based platform of games, pop culture, localized information, recognition and rewards to engage and motivate 13- to 19-year-old students to prepare for college.

Through the first month of the challenge, Alcott High School holds a slim lead over Washington High School and three community-based organizations: the Adler Planetarium, Chicago Commons and Street-Level Youth Media. You may visit the full leaderboard by visiting the Get Schooled web site. The top finishers will share $75,000 in available grant money.

Students are able to access the “Get Schooled, Get Connected Challenge” via the portal located at www.chicagocityoflearning.org/. Once students are on the portal, they will:

*Click the Get Schooled Challenge box and gain access to educational tools, resources and games.

*Students earn points for each quest they complete and make progress toward earning one of the college-ready badges.

*The students with the most points and badges at the end of the challenge will be invited to a celebration with an “A-list” celebrity in January 2015.

“This is a great challenge that will help motivate students to use technology to work on college entrance exams, college applications and financial aid,” said Kayla Triche, team captain of the Clemente girls volleyball team. “This really will be a motivator to get students to apply and attend college.”

For additional information, make sure you check out the local news coverage of the kickoff event on Comcast News Makers at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yxAqKNWReg/

More on EveryBlock: http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/nov05-chicago-public-high-schools-students-ready-for-the-6492093/


Popular in Chicago: Friday, October 31st

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Happy Friday! Here are some of the happening posts this week on EveryBlock Chicago.

Trick or Treating? Here’s what to expect for some neighborhoods: West Town, Logan Square, Lincoln Square, Rogers Park.

On another note, recycle your pumpkins tomorrow.

Winter’s coming, so get that heater fixed.

Help a neighbor out: leaves to help cover a community garden.

Have a seat – new benches on Lawrence Ave.

Have a great weekend everyone!


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