July 4th on EveryBlock.


Happy (early) 4th! Hope everyone has something fun planning for the holiday. Here are some of the Independence Day themed-threads on EveryBlock.

Love fireworks? Here’s a list of locations, and here, and here.

Hate fireworks? Here’s how to handle the noise, smell, and aftermath.

Heading outside Chicago? Here’s how to cope with the traffic.

There are parades happening tomorrow, too…

…as well as some World Cup games.

Finally, keep track of your pets. Apparently, tomorrow is an easy day for them to get lost.

Have a safe and happy time!

Regarding Multiple EveryBlock Accounts


One issue that is consistently brought to our attention is the issue of EveryBlock users operating multiple accounts with different user names. The users in question could then use their multiple accounts to gang up on those with differing viewpoints, or to drive threads off-topic that the user might not agree with.

We take the issue of multiple accounts very seriously. Since having multiple EveryBlock accounts is a violation of our community guidelines, we appreciate those of you who have sent us feedback on the issue. We believe in partnership and encourage input from users like you to help keep the community productive and informative.

When submitting feedback regarding multiple accounts, as with any violation of the community guidelines, please provide us with examples of the violation, such as specific threads or comments. Our moderation team will then investigate and take the appropriate action.

Using EveryBlock to help start a community group


DNAinfo recently put out an article about West Town residents forming a neighborhood group, and using EveryBlock, among other sites, to help find new members and spread the word. It’s always nice to see the site being used to help improve communities and bring people together.

When Liz Kuhn moved just west of Damen Avenue earlier this year, the social worker who had been active in her neighborhood group found herself without a organization to turn to for local issues.

The section of West Town bounded by Chicago, Grand, Damen and Western avenues is something of a no-man’s land when it comes to neighborhood groups, she said.

Read more: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140619/west-town/west-town-residents-forming-new-neighborhood-group

Popular In Chicago: June 27th


Happy Friday! Hope everyone had a great first full week of summer. Here are some of the  happening conversations on EveryBlock this past week.

It’s going to be hot this summer, so make sure you’ve got your air conditioner in order.

New storefronts at Winona & Western. Who’s moving in?

There’s no shortage of vets in Portage Park 

Redevelopment of the Logan Square Mega Mall might be happening soon.

DIVVY bikes are coming to NW Side. Will it help the neighborhood?

Chicago’s Best Farmers Market is… 

Have a great weekend everyone!


Open Data and the World Cup


For the hybrid World Cup/Open Data fans, Socrata has a fun graphic up on the number of injuries and time spent writhing on the ground per team.

To see the visualization, click here: https://opendata.socrata.com/Fun/World-Cup-2014-Time-on-the-Ground-Bubble-Chart/33ay-q8db?

And for the original WSJ article that prompted the chart: http://online.wsj.com/articles/the-world-rankings-of-flopping-1403660175

Connecting with neighborhoods through art


Great piece from Philadelphia on getting people of different backgrounds involved in their neighborhood through shared art projects, such as crowdsourced murals and positive storytelling.

Hunter Franks, an artist and founder of the Neighborhood Postcard Project and League of Creative Interventionists, is in Philadelphia for three weeks using participatory art to create connections between people and neighborhoods with Knight Foundation support

Read more of Hunter’s thoughts on Philadelphia’s Belmont neighborhood, and how he is using participatory art to bring neighbors together: http://www.knightfoundation.org/blogs/knightblog/2014/6/24/creative-interventions-tour-philadelphia-breaking-down-stereotypes-through-art/

The Open Data Community as a Dating Site?


Should the open data community have a function similar to a dating web site? It’s not as far-fetched as you’d think. Interesting guest blog on the Sunlight Foundation site.

After this year’s TransparencyCamp, I’m convinced the transparency and open data community has moved to a new stage of its development. As recently as three years ago, we were excited by the first civic organizations popping up in various countries and by governments opening large datasets for the first time.

Since then, the community has grown considerably larger and stronger. The discussion very much shifted from how to get the data to what to do with it and how to connect better internationally. Cross-country cooperation, advocacy campaigns and data standards are becoming the hot topics at conferences and on high-profile mailing lists.

Read more: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2014/06/23/opengov-voices-exploring-the-transparency-and-open-data-landscape/

Knight News Challenge winners announced


The 19 winners of the Knight News Challenge have been announced, and will share a total award of $3,466,000. The Challenge was launched in February with the question: How can we strengthen the Internet for free expression and innovation? Each of the winners addressed issues of increased access, transparency, and safety across the internet.

EveryBlock congratulates our partners, Chicago Public Library, on their award, as well as all the winners and all who entered the challenge!

For the full winner’s list read more:  http://www.knightfoundation.org/blogs/knightblog/2014/6/23/19-projects-win-knight-news-challenge-strengthening-internet/

Popular In Chicago: Summer Solstice Edition


Hope everyone enjoys the longest day of the year tomorrow! Here are some of the happening threads of the week on EveryBlock.


Discovering the unseen artists in Rogers Park.

Advice on abandoned vehicles.

Portage Park swimming pools – schedule.

The best spots to purchase city stickers.

Finally, a repost of places to watch the USA – Portugal World Cup game this Sunday.

Have a great weekend everyone!

EveryBlock Don’t: Spam


One of the frequent topics of discussion regarding the management of all online forums is Spam. While the definition of Spam can vary between sites, here’s how it’s written in the EveryBlock community guidelines.

  • Spam - Don’t spam the community. Avoid repeatedly sending the same or substantially similar messages, empty messages, or messages which contain no substantive content.

Example: repeatedly posting duplicate messages (either by accident or intentially), posting links to outside content without any description or context, posting messages that are off-topic and don’t address the subject of the thread or category.

Some sites consider threads that simply have the word “Thanks” in response to previous comments as Spam, because they aren’t contributing anything to further the conversation. We don’t go that far, and think it’s all right to thank users if they answer questions or post something helpful.

However, if a user tries to purposely distract others from the topic of discussion by posting multiple one-word or off-topic posts, we consider that Spam. As a reminder, anything flagged as Unneighborly will be examined and, if our moderation team finds it necessary, removed.

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