Our goal is to help you be a better neighbor by giving you frequently updated neighborhood information, 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 — perhaps your home and your workplace. Your custom EveryBlock homepage will be updated throughout the day and 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 posts near your followed places from the previous day or week.

EveryBlock is a combination of many different types of local information — 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 local posts ("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 government organizations to make it available.
  • Media mentions — any time your neighborhood is mentioned in a media site, 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. For more on media mentions, please visit our FAQ.
  • 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.

You can sign up and create an account from our homepage. We'll walk you through the short steps of following neighborhoods and setting your preferences.

If you have any questions or need help, don't hesitate to contact us via the feedback form. We read every one of these and take feedback to heart. We also have an FAQ.

Feedback and general contact

Suggestions, bug reports, love letters? We’d love to hear from you. Send them all to us via the feedback form. (Please make sure to indicate which area you’re writing about and, if applicable, a link to the page you’re having trouble with.) You can also reach us through our Twitter or Facebook pages.