Popular in Chicago: August 29th Edition


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?

Brainstorming session – ideas for the Patio Theater

There’s a chihuahua running loose in Logan.

Debate: the best way to search for apartments.

Mosquito spraying is in effect – be aware.

Have a great weekend everyone!


New Features in EveryBlock Philly


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.


EveryBlock is back in Philadelphia!


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.

Yours truly,
The EveryBlock Team


Popular In Chicago: August 22nd Edition


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

Good ideas for a unique date night?

An unfortunate farewell to some Portage Park Trees

Divvy Bikes delayed until 2015

Mosquitos abound – discuss it here, and see what’s being done.

Book lovers: where should one donate some used books?

Finally – help a neighbor get some cheap, plentiful pizza.

Have a good weekend!

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Knight-Mozilla Fellows take on era of ‘no excuses,’ public data demands


Great article from the Knight Foundation on the work that Knight-Mozilla Fellows are doing on public data analysis – and making that data accessible and understandable for everyone.

In newsrooms around the globe, data experts are embracing daily challenges from their ever-demanding, increasingly info-savvy audience.

The third class of Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellows is developing solutions to these demands in seven newsrooms: Internews in Kenya, La Nacion, The New York Times,  ProPublica, The Texas Tribune and The Washington Post. Each fellow creates tools that empower journalists and citizens to access complicated relationships hidden in the untouched stacks of data and research. Mozilla initiated the program in 2010, and Knight Foundation has supported it since 2011.

Read more: http://www.knightfoundation.org/blogs/knightblog/2014/8/14/knight-mozilla-fellows-take-era-no-excuses-public-data-demands/

Updated Events Engine on EveryBlock


Quick update – we’ve recently expanded the events engine in EveryBlock to include many new sources, such as EventBrite, Ticketleap, and Google Calendar. As always, events are customized and displayed based on the locations that you follow. You can view EveryBlock Chicago Events here: http://chicago.everyblock.com/calendar/

Popular in Chicago: August 15th Edition


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

Have your say – What is the best coffee in Chicago?

A tilted tree on Lawrence Ave.

What does one do with spare wood?

The P-Street Designation for 33rd Ward Business Strips 

Where to get the best Italian beef in the city?

Volunteer opportunities in Logan Square.

Have a great weekend!

Connecting with neighbors to help solve problems


There’s a nice little article on the Chicago Now site that describes one the benefits of forums like EveryBlock: tapping into neighborhood knowledge to help solve problems.

It’s no secret that I have been working non stop for the last two months. Last Wednesday night I mustered up a little energy to go for a power walk in my neighborhood. I was a mile from home when I ran into two boys.

They proudly showed me the kitten they found. Being a cat lover, I stopped to pet the cat. I noticed the shaved belly indicating that it had spayed. I figured it was newly adopted from a shelter. I asked the boys were they found the cat and what they were going to do with it.

Read More: http://www.chicagonow.com/organizing-with-erin/2014/08/a-lost-cat-a-happy-ending-the-importance-of-a-neighborhood-list-serv/

Popular in Chicago: August 8th Edition


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

When are Divvy stations coming to Rogers Park?

Thinking of moving to Bronzeville? Read what it’s like.

Metra vs. The Red Line

Local barbershop recommendations: here and here.

To Portage Park gardeners: What’s blooming right now?

Finally, there’s a turtle on the loose in Jefferson Park.

Have a great weekend!

Urban Apps and Maps in Philadelphia


Nice to see the continued civic tech engagement in the city of brotherly love. From Philly.com:

PHILLY’S UNDER a new kind of neighborhood watch thanks to an app developed by high school students.

Eleven high school students in Temple University’s Urban Apps and Maps Studios’ Building Information Technology Skills summer program have developed a Web-based app called “Gotcha,” which allows the public to post crimes they’ve seen in the city.

Read More: http://articles.philly.com/2014-08-05/news/52476366_1_app-users-web-based-app-high-school-students

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