Happy three-month anniversary!
It’s been 90 days since EveryBlock returned to Chicago. In this time we have been thrilled with the reception we’ve received from the people of Chicago, existing EveryBlock users, and the Chicago tech and OpenGov community.
We launched at midnight the morning of January 23, 2014. In the first day back we were overwhelmed by the activity on the site.
That night, the Smart Chicago Collaborative hosted members of our team for a Chicago OpenGov Meetup where we had the opportunity to share our vision for the new EveryBlock in Chicago.
The presentation was recorded via Google Hangout and uploaded to YouTube.
We have had an exciting three months, and while we have many projects still in the works, we were excited to release some new features. Here are a few:
We are thrilled to be back in Chicago and as always we welcome your feedback.
You can continue to help us improve EveryBlock by recruiting members of your neighborhood community to join, or share a story of an exciting way you used EveryBlock. As always, we welcome any feedback.
-The EveryBlock Team
Happy Earth Day! If you’re looking for a project to take part in, either today or sometime this week, there are several ways to find one on EveryBlock.
1. Check out your EveryBlock Calendar, which is accessible via the Events tab. It shows events posted by users, as well as postings from sites like Meetup, EventBrite, and TimeOut. To go one step further, you can filter Neighborhood Events by clean-up: http://chicago.everyblock.com/calendar/?only=clean-up
However, keep in mind that some Earth Day events may not necessarily be clean-up related, they may be awareness or media related, such as environmental film screenings, so you may not find all events by filtering that way.
2. Search for Earth Day in the search bar. This will display events as well as neighbor messages involving Earth Day.
3. If none of the existing projects appeal to you, you can try to start your own project! Post a neighbor message in your neighborhood, gather ideas, and see what happens. It’s worth a shot. And, often times, it works.
It’s been a great week for us, and hopefully for you all as well! Here are some of the top conversations happening on EveryBlock. Hope everyone has a great weekend!
It’s been a great week thus far, and here are some of the top EveryBlock threads.
- Looking for a new apartment? Here are some Tips For Renters.
- Satisfy those community service requirements – Volunteer Opportunities.
- Take a trip back into 1930s Chicago, at the corner of Diversey and Logan.
- One cat found its way back home to Rogers Park.
- How to protect your home from airplane noise – Soundproofing Tips.
Enjoy the rest of the day!
For those suffering from a case of the Mondays, here’s a feel-good question from the EveryBlock Community:
What are you looking forward to this spring? (Click here for the EB thread.)
- No More Snow
- Blockbuster Films
- Outdoor Sports
- No Rain (good luck with that one!)
- Sidewalk Cafes & Eateries
- Flowers and Gardening
Have a great week everyone!
Happy Friday! As the final weekend of March begins, here’s a roundup of some of the top EveryBlock conversations of the week.
Have a good weekend everyone! And if you’re looking for something to do – you can always check out EB’s event listings.
Along with being able to follow neighborhoods, wards, zip codes, and specific streets, you can draw your own custom-location map in EveryBlock. So if you work in Logan Square, live in Humbolt Park and visit two blocks in Bucktown on the weekends, you can draw an all-encompassing map yourself, rather than following each area individually (although you can do that too, if you like). So if you want to make a map of the real Chinatown, WestUkraKinzieNobleTown, or something completely random, you can. Just make sure the boundaries of your map don’t overlap.
Neighborhoods, wards, and streets can change or evolve over time. So if you find yourself spending more time in an area that goes beyond traditional boundaries, try drawing some up for yourself. As always, you’ll see neighbor messages, media mentions, and public data for the locations you’ve outlined. To see a list of maps that users have already created, click here. If you want to try drawing one for yourself, have at it.
You may have noticed local photos posted to Flickr appearing in your EveryBlock Timeline. If you’ve taken photos in your neighborhood and have a Flickr account, you can follow these steps to share your photos.
1. Log in to your Flickr account. Flickr is owned by Yahoo, so if you have a Yahoo ID, that’s your Flickr login.
2. Go to the Organize page by clicking on the You menu and selecting Organize. From there, click on the Map tab on the upper right.
3. Search for the address related to your image in the search bar in the upper right. The map will pan to the vicinity of the address that you entered. If it found the exact address, a green circle will appear.
4. From the bottom drawer, drag and drop any images related to that address onto the map. Drop your images into the green circle if it’s there, otherwise just use your best judgment and drop it where you think it belongs.
EveryBlock only retrieves Flickr images tagged to the address level. That means if you tag your images with something overly broad, like “Chicago”, or you don’t zoom in far enough when following the above process, those images will not appear on EveryBlock, even if they appear on your map inside Flickr.
If you have geocoded images in Flickr, but would like to exclude them from EveryBlock, you can modify your account settings to do so. On Flickr, hover over your avatar in the upper right and select Settings. From there, click the Privacy & Permissions tab. Then find the option “Hide your stuff from public searches” and click the “edit” link for that line. Then, click the checkbox for “Hide your photos from searches on 3rd party sites that use the API, including Yahoo! Image Search” and click the Save button. From then on, none of your photos will appear on EveryBlock.
Happy Spring! As the winter weather (hopefully) bids us adieu, here are some of the top conversations of the week on EveryBlock.
Have a great weekend!
What are some of the top discussions happening this week on EveryBlock?
Here are a few of the popular conversations in Chicago over the past few days on EveryBlock:
As the weather starts to turn, one EveryBlock user starts to organize a spring cleanup: http://chicago.everyblock.com/improvement/mar17-spring-clean-up-6038190/
Discussing the concerns that Black Birds are bringing to Chicago: http://chicago.everyblock.com/talk/mar17-grackles-black-birds-6037998/
Ever heard of the dog park in Uptown? http://chicago.everyblock.com/announcements/mar17-pup-town-uptown-6038290/
Know a vegetarian or vegan looking for a place to eat in Ravenswood? http://chicago.everyblock.com/talk/mar17-vegetarian-vegan-ravenswood-lincoln-square-6037902/