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EveryBlock is back from the dead
By Meg Graham
Ten months after being shut down and left for dead, community-news website EveryBlock is being resurrected.
Comcast, which owned EveryBlock when it was shut down in January, has revived the site and is finalizing plans to launch a new version, according to several sources with knowledge of those plans. It’s not clear when the new site would launch. The sources say Comcast is considering launching EveryBlock in Chicago first and subsequently adding more cities.
Grid has viewed a nonpublic version of the new site, which appears to be pulling in the articles, events, building permits, crime data and other content that EveryBlock aggregated in its original incarnation. Former EveryBlock members who log in can see their user data and preferences. The site appears to have the same layout as it did before shutting down in early February.
Chicago journalist and web developer Adrian Holovaty founded EveryBlock in Chicago in 2008 with a grant from the Knight Foundation. At its peak, the site covered neighborhood news in 19 cities. It was acquired by MSNBC.com in 2009 and shut down after MSNBC was acquired by NBC News.
“We showed you nearby public records (crimes, building permits, restaurant inspections), pointed you to automatically indexed articles (newspapers, blogs, forums) and provided a sort of “geo-forum” that let you talk with people who lived near you,” Holovaty wrote in a blog post about the site shutting down.
“More than six years ago, I wrote a blog post that got some attention about how newspaper (and, really, journalism) sites needed to change. EveryBlock was an attempt at that kind of change — in my eyes, a successful attempt. EveryBlock was among the more innovative and ambitious journalism projects at a time when journalism desperately needed innovation and ambition.”