Vote on Philly Bike Share Locations


Attention Philly EveryBlock users – through October 20th, you can vote on locations for the upcoming Bike Share at The map was made using OpenPlans Shareabouts and Textizen.


Popular in Chicago: Sept. 12th


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


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!


How can libraries build more knowledgeable communities?


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.

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Atlanta’s Infrastructure Map


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.

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How Digital Are States in 2014?


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.

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Updated: EveryBlock Philly iOS app


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 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, 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


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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How civic hackers are helping local journalism


EveryBlock was featured in a Columbia Journalism Review article about Chicago’s civic hacking community. The piece described how EveryBlock was born from and became “the granddaddy of civic apps and a forerunner to a wave of hyperlocal sites…” It’s a good piece and shows how open data can impact communities.

How the Sharing Economy is Strengthening Emergency Response and Recovery


Great post from GovTech on the potential for technology and the “sharing economy” to help communities respond to natural disasters.

The “sharing economy” — the term now commonly used to describe using technology and social media to promote the sharing and reusing of assets ­— has received a good deal of press over the last few years. From cooperatives that allow people to share cars, bikes and homes, to crowdfunding and crowdsourcing initiatives that allow large undertakings to be accomplished through the combined efforts of many, working together appears to be the latest progression in the social media evolution.

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