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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
EveryBlock was featured in a Columbia Journalism Review article about Chicago’s civic hacking community. The piece described how EveryBlock was born from ChicagoCrime.org 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.
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.
Hope everyone had a good week! Here are some of the happening threads of the week on EveryBlock Chicago:
Help a neighbor out: how to get rid of dirt?
There’s a chihuahua running loose in Logan.
Mosquito spraying is in effect – be aware.
Have a great weekend everyone!
There are a few new features some of you returning EveryBlock Philly users might have noticed. We’ve added in a lot more media mention feeds, including more neighborhood and cultural organizations. On the public data side, we’ve added in 311 service requests, such as potholes, abandoned cars and vacant lots. Finally, as with Chicago, we’ve expanded the events engine to include many more sources.
Thank you to everyone who shared the news of our return! Here’s an article about us in the Philadelphia Business Journal, including our work with the local Philly tech community.
Hi neighbors! It’s been a while, but we’re happy to report that EveryBlock is back in Philadelphia!
For previous EveryBlock Philly users, please visit http://philly.everyblock.com/. Your login credentials should still work. This includes logging in with Facebook or Twitter. If you cannot remember your password, you can get a new one via the password reset page.
Once in, you can choose to keep or change your preferences and daily email deliveries.
If you’ve already installed the EveryBlock app on your iPhone, you might need to update it to the latest version in order to log into your EB Philly account.
We hope you’ll once again use EveryBlock to find out what’s happening around you – from local events and restaurant openings to community news – and to discuss that information with your neighbors, local businesses, and elected officials.
Thank you for your ongoing support and please contact us at any time if you have questions, complaints, suggestions or recommendations.
The EveryBlock Team
Happy Friday! Here are some of the happening threads on EveryBlock Chicago for the week.
Book lovers: where should one donate some used books?
Have a good weekend!