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.

‘Doable City’ forum focuses on practical ways of making communities more livable


What makes communities more livable? Focusing on human needs like personal interaction, physical activity, and proximity. The Doable City Forum is happening now in Chicago, and looking to further the discussion. From the Knight Foundation.

Innovation can be a lonely task. But not this week in Chicago, where more than 150 civic innovators are gathering for the “8-80 Cities Forum: The Doable City” through Wednesday.

“Doable doesn’t mean easy. It means possible,” said urban expert Gil Penalosa, executive director of 8-80 Cities.

Read more: http://www.knightfoundation.org/blogs/knightblog/2014/6/17/doable-city-forum-focuses-practical-ways-making-communities-more-livable/

Which States and Cities Have Chief Data Officers?


We’ve worked closely with the Chicago Chief Data Officer in implementing Open311 data into EveryBlock, and have worked with other CDOs around the country. GovTech has an interactive map of the state and local governments who have CDO positions. It shows the growing value of open data initiatives and the need for innovation.

In 2010, Colorado became the first state to appoint a chief data officer (CDO). A year later, New York City pioneered the position in local government.

Since then, the ranks of CDOs in state and local government have grown steadily, driven by expanding interest in predictive analytics, civic hacking and performance measurement. Research by Government Technology located more than a dozen CDOs in states and localities across the U.S. And that number seems poised to multiply as governments seek to harness the power of big data.

Read more: http://www.govtech.com/state/Which-States-and-Cities-Have-Chief-Data-Officers.html

On EveryBlock: Popular in Chicago


Hope everyone had a great week! We had a blast at GoodWorkChicago and looking forward to WordCamp Chicago today through Sunday. Here are some of the popular threads on EveryBlock this past week.

Sometimes it’s worth just saying good morning to the person you see on the street.

Please, please, please, pick up after your dog.

Lawrence Ave. streetscape: what should be done?

Last week, it was chickens, this week, roosters.

Are you ready for epic delays in and out of downtown this weekend?

Have a great weekend everyone! And don’t forget to stop by our table at University Center Chicago if you’re going to be at WordCamp!


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