Popular in Chicago: Sept. 19th

Sep192014

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

Help a neighbor out: Best place in the city to launch a model rocket?

What’s going on in Boystown?

Beware of creatures: coyotes in Humboldt, mice in Jeff Park.

Helicopters. Helicopters. Helicopters. Helicopters.

Join the discussion: good grub in Logan Square.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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The Weather Company and Emergency Alerts

Sep182014

Interesting piece from GovTech on The Weather Company and their new entry into the emergency alert business – allowing local emergency managers to utilize local, targeted information and publish that information quickly across multiple platforms.

The Weather Company, best known for The Weather Channel and weather.com, is getting into the emergency alert business — a natural fit given the company’s focus and market saturation.

Using its large-scale distribution and weather expertise, the company is, in partnership with local officials, building a localized alerting platform for state, local and private authorities to manage and distribute emergency alerts via The Weather Channel properties and existing local distribution points.

Read more: http://www.govtech.com/applications/Could-The-Weather-Company-Change-Emergency-Alerting.html


Vote on Philly Bike Share Locations

Sep162014

Attention Philly EveryBlock users – through October 20th, you can vote on locations for the upcoming Bike Share at http://www.phillybikeshare.com/page/about. The map was made using OpenPlans Shareabouts and Textizen.

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Popular in Chicago: Sept. 12th

Sep122014

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

Anyone in Portage Park missing a chicken?

Looking for a place to watch the NFL Sunday games? Find a good spot.

Neighbor discussion: unleashed dogs on the beach.

There’s an epic pothole in Northcenter.

Attn: blank walls, there’s an artist looking to give you some color.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

 


EveryBlock at the WordPress Meetup

Sep112014

A few members of the EveryBlock team presented our hyperlocal publishing platform last night at the September Big Media & Enterprise WordPress Meetup in New York City. Thanks to everyone who came out!

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How can libraries build more knowledgeable communities?

Sep102014

The Knight Foundation has a new challenge for ideas answering the question: How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities? The challenge runs through September 30th and is open to anyone.

As libraries nationwide redefine their role in the digital age, the need for ideas that build on their potential to spark innovation and spread information is urgent. To answer this call, the Knight News Challenge on Libraries opens for applications today. Winners will receive a share of $2.5 million.

Read more: http://www.knightfoundation.org/press-room/press-release/knight-news-challenge-libraries-offers-25-million-/


Atlanta’s Infrastructure Map

Sep092014

Code for America has a new article up on a map that allows Atlanta residents to see how money is being spent to help improve their communities. The map allows users to click on their location, see what improvements are being made, and discuss those improvements with others.

It’s one thing to know that your city is spending hundreds of millions of dollars improving infrastructure. It’s another to know that they’re finally going to fix your broken sidewalk.

We’re working to bridge this gap in Atlanta using a new website we call, simply, Infrastructure Map.

Read more: http://www.codeforamerica.org/blog/2014/09/09/mapping-infrastructure-atlanta/


How Digital Are States in 2014?

Sep082014

Interesting survey from GovTech on how digital each U.S. state is – including the rise in popularity of Open Data.

Over the last two years, states have made real progress when it comes to using technology.

In the Center for Digital Government’s biennial Digital States Survey, which evaluates state governments’ ability to improve internal processes and better serve citizens with technology, three states received straight A grades and five others earned an A-minus. Thirty states received grades in the B range — up from 22 in 2012 — and 12 states received grades in the C range.

Read More: http://www.govtech.com/state/State-of-the-Digital-States-2014-Survey-at-a-Glance.html


Updated: EveryBlock Philly iOS app

Sep082014

Update: The new iOS app version has been approved by the Apple store, so new Philly users will be able to sign up via the app. Download it here: EveryBlock iOS app

In our relaunch of EveryBlock Philly we’ve detected a bug in the iOS app that prevents new Philly users from registering on the app. This does not impact philly.everyblock.com or mobile browsers, only the iOS app. Our team is working on a fix. In the meantime, new users are free to create a new account directly on the web site, philly.everyblock.com or from the mobile site. We apologize for the inconvenience and will notify you when the bug is fixed.


Popular in Chicago: September 5th Edition

Sep052014

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

There’s been an Elvis sighting in Portage Park – have you seen him?

What is the best thin crust pizza in Chicago?

The California blue line station is closed for six weeks.

Help a neighborhor out – suggest unique and unconventional wedding spaces.

Skunks are still roaming the streets (at least in Oriole Park). Be careful!

Finally, there’s a chicken in Logan Square looking for a good home.

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