June 11, 2009
Everyblock comes to your block
I've been meaning for a couple days to welcome our friends at Everyblock to town. Everyblock is a Knight Foundation-supported site that delivers a wealth of targeted local data (think crime reports, restaurant health scores, nearby news, home sales, etc.) to the neighborhood level.
The service is led by our pal Adrian Holovaty, the paterfamilias of Django, the programming framework we primarily use; and designed by Wilson Miner, who did our original TexasGigs design (which morphed into the current PegNews design) and held our hands through our early days before we had our own dev team.
To answer the obvious question: No, they're not competitors, except in the sense that all 80 gazillion local info sites out there are in a collaborative, competitive space race to figure out how to deliver the most useful info. Their site isn't delivering original or curated content; isn't as focused on community or events; and for the time being isn't selling local advertising here. They are tackling some hard problems with crime data and restaurant scores that we've poked at -- and we're more likely to seek their help with that down the road than to replicate.
Anyway, we've been rooting for them to come to Dallas ever since they launched. Glad y'all are here.