New Datasets for Chicago


The City of Chicago has two new datasets on its open data portal: problem landlords and building code scofflaws. The Problem Landlords List identifies residential building owners repeatedly cited for failing to provide tenants with basic services and protections, such as adequate heat, hot water, and working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Those on the list have been found liable in two or more Administrative Hearing cases within a 24-month period and have three or more serious building code violations. The Building Code Scofflaw list identifies residential building owners with three or more properties that are the subject of active Circuit Court cases where the violations remain uncorrected after the second court hearing.

Check out the new datasets here:

Civic Tech for Smarter Parks


Next City published an article about how the city of Philadelphia is using GIS (geographic information system) software to help park workers track and check on sick trees. It’s worth a read.

In a time when parks officials are working to conserve more public land and pushing policymakers to secure conservation funds, there are still trees that need to be tended, nurseries fostered and plots mowed. Through ArcGIS technology, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation has made those tasks — the bread and butter of parks maintenance — easier.

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Updating Ward Boundaries in Chicago


We’ve gotten several feedback submissions from EveryBlock users in Chicago, asking us to update our ward boundaries – especially in light of the upcoming elections. For access to ward boundaries with respect to voting please visit the Board of Elections.  EveryBlock will update the boundaries in concert with City of Chicago’s official transition.

Winter Storm Juno Alerts!


Friends in the Northeast, Winter Storm Juno is upon us! Don’t just follow the news, be part of it. Now’s your chance to share what’s happening on your street and in your neighborhoods on EveryBlock.

In the meantime, we’re compiling new sources from all over the Boston and Philadelphia regions as they relate to Juno–news, alerts, notifications, and more as it surfaces.

Below is a list of what’s been added so far (with more to come). Content will start feeding in shortly, so make sure to keep checking in as the list continues to grow.

City of Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management
National Weather Service Mount Holly
Weather Underground

Boston, Brookline, Cambridge & Medford:
Weather Underground (Boston)
Weather Underground (Brookline)
Weather Underground (Cambridge)
Weather Underground (Medford)
National Weather Service Boston

Chicago tech just had its best year ever


Built In Chicago released an article on Chicago’s tech year-in-review:

Chicago tech startup investment and exits surged in 2014 to what appears to be the city’s highest totals ever. In total, 155 digital tech companies raised $1.6 billion in capital, and 34 companies exited for more than $7 billion. A swell of Chicago tech investment and acquisitions come as the city is increasingly seen as one of America’s major technology hubs, and as digital technology companies are increasingly at the center of Chicago’s economic growth.

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The Changing Face of Houston a Civic Engagement Series


The Houston Public Library presents The Changing Face of Houston a Civic Engagement Series presentation beginning Monday, January 26, 2015 through Tuesday, September 22, 2015. This series presentation is about getting Houstonians to become involved in listening, learning and engaging in their communities. The discussions will involve deliberate, consistent and purposeful outreach to create an environment in which people from all backgrounds have a voice in the decisions and actions that affect their lives and neighborhoods. The first Civic Engagement Series will be held on Monday, January 26, 2015 from 6 PM – 8 PM at the Julia Ideson Building, 550 McKinney, 77002. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information on library locations and times for future presentations visit or call 832-393-1319.

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Making open data integral to Philadelphia


Technically Philly has a new article out featuring Philadelphia’s Chief Data Officer, Tim Wisniewski, talking about plans to develop and integrate more open data into the city’s long term plans.

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On a related note, EveryBlock Philly currently features two datasets – crime reports and 311 service requests. We look forward to seeing where the city takes its vision for open data.

How Boston is using technology to make the permit process easier


GovTech has a great article on how the newest EveryBlock city, Boston, is using technology to make its permitting process simpler and easier – including using an online tracking tool developed from the city’s hackathon last year.

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Find an Event on EveryBlock


Happy Friday! Here are some of this weekend’s various event listings found on EveryBlock, including volunteer opportunities and celebrations for the MLK Holiday.






Hope everyone has a safe and productive weekend!

Using EveryBlock to beat the cold


Neighbors in Chicago have a wealth of information to share on how to deal with the winter weather. Here are a few tips, suggestions, and recommendations.

Warming centers for those in need (including those who have homes, but no heat).

Tips on how to coldproof your home or apartment – tape up those windows!

Indoor dog parks to help furry friends get some exercise.

Suggestions on how to maintain your vehicle.

Recommendations for exterminating unwated critters.

Finally, reaching out to the EB community when in need, like jump-starting a car.

Please stay warm, stay safe and don’t hesitate to reach out to those on EveryBlock if you have any questions or need information.

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