Celebrating The 2015 Knight-Mozilla Fellows


Congratulations to the 2015 OpenNews Knight-Mozilla Fellows!

We are excited to introduce you to our 2015 Knight-Mozilla Fellows. This cohort comes from around the world, from a diversity of backgrounds and experiences, to spend 10 months hacking the news in some of the best newsrooms around. Meet them now.

Read More: http://opennews.org/

The 5 largest cities in America all have open data policies


As EveryBlock prepares to launch in Houston, the city recently got some attention for implementing an open data policy. There’s a great piece on the Sunlight Foundation website on the policy.

New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago — the three largest cities in the country — and Philadelphia — the fifth-largest city — all had open data policies by the end of 2013. Now, Houston — the fourth-largest city — has joined those ranks on Sept. 18 with an open data policy signed by the mayor.

Houston already has an open data portal with more than 160 datasets spanning a range of topics. The policy aims to help ensure that the city’s more than 2.1 million residents receive timely access to usable data being released online through that portal.

How does Houston’s policy stack up to best practices?

Read more: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2014/10/15/all-five-of-the-largest-u-s-cities-now-have-open-data-policies/

Making Civic Hacking More Inclusive


This past summer, two Philadelphia coding groups teamed up to offer a summer civic tech fellowship aimed to help increase the number of women in the open source developer community – to successful results.

LeeAnn Kinney works full-time as a developer for a home health care organization in Philadelphia. She has a lot of front end developer skills, but until recently she felt uncomfortable at tech community events. That all changed when she became a fellow in a unique program called “Summer of Open Source” — a Girl Develop It(GDI) and Code for Philly partnership.

Read More: http://www.codeforamerica.org/blog/2014/10/13/want-to-take-your-brigade-to-the-next-level-develop-it/

Knight Cities Challenge now accepting ideas


What’s your best idea to make cities more successful? How can cities spur talent, opportunity and engagement? The Knight Cities Challenge is open for submissions through November 14th.

The Knight Cities Challenge seeks new ideas from innovators – activists, designers, artists, planning professionals, hackers, architects, city officials, companies, educators, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, block captains, social workers, neighbors, anyone – who will take hold of the future of our cities.

From a pool of $5 million we’re awarding grants at the city, neighborhood and block levels – and all sizes in between. No project is too small - so long as the idea is big.

We are looking for fresh ideas that focus on one or more of these three key drivers of city success: attracting and retaining talented people, expanding economic opportunity, and creating a culture of civic engagement.

Read More: http://www.knightfoundation.org/blogs/knightblog/2014/9/16/knight-cities-challenge-offers-5-million-to-uncover-ideas-to-make-cities-more-successful/

Popular in Chicago: October 10th


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

Winter’s coming – so watch out for unwanted critters. Also, here’s where to find some firewood.

Weigh in: fragrance-free zones.

Moving to Bronzeville: thoughts on the neighborhood?

A plague of locusts in Chicago?

Sidewalks are for people, not automobiles.

Have a good weekend everyone!


EveryBlock Daily Digest Email Update


Hello EveryBlock Users,

Over the weekend we discovered that links in the daily digest emails were generating errors. We have resolved the problem and the daily digest is functioning properly.

The Philly and Chicago EveryBlock sites are fully functional, and were not impacted by this issue.

Please let us know through the feedback form if you experience any issue using EveryBlock. http://www.everyblock.com/contact/feedback/

We apologize for any inconvenience,

-The EveryBlock Team

EveryBlock Daily Digest Email Announcement


Hello EveryBlock Users,

We understand that the links included in the Daily Digest emails are
generating errors. We are aware of the issue, and are working to resolve

The Philly and Chicago EveryBlock sites are fully functional. Please visit
your metro to view the content.

We will provide updates when they become available.

We apologize for any inconvenience,

-The EveryBlock Team

EveryBlock is back online


EveryBlock is back online following some DNS issues – thank you to everyone for your patience.

EveryBlock Philly Neighbors Coming Together


After one month on EveryBlock Philly, neighbors were able to…

…find out where to donate used books in Center City.

…keep their pets safe from pesticide in Rittenhouse.

…learn how to get a trashcan put up on their block in East Passyunk.

…help support small businesses in Juniata Park.

…organize a cleanup in Fairmount Park.

…help raise awareness of LGBT Homelessness in Center City.

…find places to volunteer in Northern Liberties. 

…connect a Kingsessing school in need with a much-needed projector.

…discover good late-night food in Washington Square West.

…get recommendations for a reliable general contractor in East Passyunk.

…alert neighbors to street closings in Cobbs Creek.

…learn how to safely dispose of paint cans in Passyunk.

…support each other during a time of crisis in Point Breeze.

…make sense of errant newspaper delivery in Tacony.

…brainstorm on how to make the Made in America concert more neighbor-friendly.

…discover Cambodian desserts in Northern Liberties. 

…get advice on childcare in Center City.

…learn how to deal with an unresponsive landlord.

…share positive thoughts with neighbors about the return of EveryBlock.

Thank you to everyone who has joined EveryBlock Philly and contributed so far!


EveryBlock App now on Android


The EveryBlock App for Android is now available for download on Google Play! From the App, you can view neighbor messages, events and media mentions, as well as post to your timeline.

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