Our goal is to help you be a better neighbor, by giving you frequently updated neighborhood news, plus tools to have meaningful conversations with neighbors.
The site is simple to use: create an account and choose which places you'd like to follow — say, your home and your workplace. Your custom EveryBlock homepage, updated throughout the day, will show you what's been happening near your followed places, plus what people in those places are talking about. Join in the neighborhood conversation when you've got something to contribute — a question for your neighbors, a news report, an event listing, or just a heads-up about something people in your neighborhood should know about.
You can also get a daily email containing all of the news near your followed places from the previous day or week.
What's on the site?
EveryBlock is a combination of many different types of local news — from public records like crime reports, to neighbor discussions, to photos people have taken in your neighborhood.
Generally, you'll find four types of things on your EveryBlock homepage:
- Neighbor messages — what your neighbors are talking about. This could be anything from news reports ("Here's the scoop on that new bakery coming to Main St.") to questions ("Did anybody hear those sirens last night?") to more in-depth discussions ("Who's our best candidate for alderman?"). We encourage you to participate! The more people posting and commenting, the more valuable the service is to your neighborhood.
- Civic information — building permits, crime reports, restaurant inspections and more. In many cases, this information is already on the Web but is buried in hard-to-find government databases. In other cases, this information has never been posted online, and we’ve forged relationships with governments to make it available.
- Media mentions — any time your neighborhood is in the news, we'll let you know about it. Every day, throughout the day, we read through your city's mainstream media outlets, community weeklies, neighborhood blogs, discussion boards and let you know when your neighborhood was mentioned.
- Fun from across the Web — local photos posted to Flickr, user reviews of local businesses on Yelp, lost-and-found postings from Craigslist and more. We figure out the relevant places and point you to location-specific items you might not have known about.
The common thread here is that everything is neighborhood-focused and timely. You won't find city-wide information here, and you won't find "static" information like census data and the location of your nearest grocery store. We're all about the newness.
Choose your city on our homepage, then create an account. We'll walk you through the short steps of following places and setting your preferences.
If you have any questions or need help, don't hesitate to email us at email@example.com. We read every one of these and take feedback to heart. We also have a FAQ.
The EveryBlock team is (mostly) based in Chicago. Here's a little about us:
Brian is the President of EveryBlock, charged with charting our overall course for growth and overseeing everything from marketing and operations to business development and monthly water cooler deliveries. At his core a brand strategist, his background features a blend of digital and traditional marketing leadership, including stints at Foote, Cone & Belding, Ogilvy & Mather, Wirestone, and Beam Global Spirits & Wine.
Always placing an emphasis on community, Brian founded Park Place Charities, a non-profit dedicated to providing children in Chicago’s Cabrini Green housing project with a safe place to play. He also currently serves as a trustee of The Chicago Academy for the Arts, named a national school of distinction by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
A troubled Cubs fan, Brian has always lived within walking distance of Wrigley Field, where he can often be found dreaming of that elusive World Series with his wife and two children.
Joseph is the director of product development at EveryBlock. Before coming to Chicago, he worked as a software engineer at the Lawrence Journal-World, leading the creation of the award-winning business directory Marketplace.
Joseph grew up in Salt Lake City and lives in Chicago. He spends much of his free time studying flamenco guitar, cajón, charango and taking classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music.
Becca Martin is director of community management at EveryBlock.
She previously worked at McDonald's Corp. as a senior communications manager with responsibilities for AboutMcDonalds.com, social media and internal communications.
While Becca lives in the suburbs, she’s a city girl at heart. When she’s not blogging about her community, she spends her free time writing fiction and working on her dance moves.
Sandor Weisz is the lead designer at EveryBlock.
He has worked as a web designer and developer in Chicago for over a decade. Before joining EveryBlock, he ran Methodtree, Inc., a web design business specializing in non-profit and university work.
His secret identity is The Puzzler, the author of a blog of the same name, where he talks about and creates puzzles and games on an almost daily basis.
Sandor lives in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood with his wife, son, and daughter. He is also on Twitter at @santheo.
Feihong is a developer at EveryBlock. Before coming to EveryBlock, he worked at Leapfrog Online, where he worked on direct online marketing sites and internal web applications for managing marketing resources.
Feihong hails from Shenyang, China and moved around the US before finally settling in the Chicagoland area. He likes yoga, watching Chinese dating shows, and writing inscrutable language puzzles.
Sarah Shaker is the New York-based community coordinator for EveryBlock.
She previously worked as a producer on “As The World Turns” before moving on from dramatic soap opera scripts to social media and community management in the hyperlocal space.
As a downtown girl, Sarah launched a New York City lifestyle blog and is a freelance dating writer. She is a self-proclaimed foodie, trying out the newest NYC restaurants almost as quick as they can open.
Parinda is the director of business development at EveryBlock and is focused on forging strategic partnerships for the company as it relates to audience development and revenue management.
Prior to joining the EveryBlock team, Parinda was immersed in the startup world, spearheading business development efforts and closing key deals for the organizations. From 2007 to 2010, she served as a senior consultant at Mitchell Madison Group, a management consulting firm, where she specialized in revenue generating, cost reduction and process improvement initiatives for highly visible media companies. Parinda has earned an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and a B.A. in Economics and South Asian Studies at The University of Chicago.
Parinda lives with her husband in New York. While she loves the "big apple," she will always be a Chicagoan at heart.
Jon is a Developer / Systems Administrator at EveryBlock.
Prior to joining EveryBlock, he spent time growing the corporate information technology group at Groupon. He also wore many hats while at Publicis Groupe's Re:Sources IT, including ones of system administration, application deployment, and configuration management. Outside of work, Jon received a lifetime achievement award for "Bettering The Resistance by creating what will forever be know as The Huber." He also enjoys coffee.
Currently, Jon lives in Sydney, Australia with his fiancé. Previously, they lived in West Loop neighborhood of Chicago.
Marina Gordon is the Seattle-based community manager for EveryBlock. She's a lifelong city dweller who was born and raised in San Francisco, spent her college years in New York, and has lived in Seattle since the 1990s.
An online publishing devotee from way back, Marina was an editor and producer on entertainment sites at Paul Allen's pioneering Internet company Starwave (now Disney Internet Group), then produced entertainment products at RealNetworks. As a freelancer she worked on projects for PBS, Everyday Health, and Wetpaint before turning her focus from national websites to her own neighborhood. In early 2010 she launched My Wallingford as part of the Next Door Media network and edited it until mid-2011; she also, it's worth noting, signed up for EveryBlock.
Marina lives in Seattle with her husband, daughter, and (in the summertime) a lot of tomato plants.
PJ is a designer at EveryBlock.
Before that, he helped promote and raise awareness for rare diseases as an Art Director at Siren Interactive, a niche marketing firm.
He plays guitar, bass, sings, and screenprints posters for a band called Percolator. He enjoys good coffee and good pie.
PJ lives in Noble Square, where there's plenty of good coffee and good pie.
Sandor and Jon discussing database operations.
Feedback and general contact
Suggestions, bug reports, love letters? We’d love to hear from you. Send them all to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please make sure to indicate which city you’re writing about and, if applicable, a link to the page you’re having trouble with.)
Companies wanting to start a partnership
Contact Parinda at email@example.com.