I can't think of any reason why it's not awesome.
So far, the site seems to be beating local newspapers in finding an innovative way to give citizens timely, relevant, hyperlocal information with relatively light manpower.
Changing How Local News is Covered
One of the most ambitious hyperlocal sites is EveryBlock, a six-person start-up in an office building in Chicago overlooking noisy El tracks, which is stitching together this hyperlocal future one city at a time.
In the last few months, I've been hooked to EveryBlock, which lets you dive deep via street address and zip code, or pull back for city-wide look. The amount of data that's fine-sliced by location, neighborhood and zip code is just amazing.
Reflecting his belief that data can tell a story and has been underused in doing so, EveryBlock is databases in action, organized to be instantly searchable by location.
No one claims EveryBlock represents the new face of local news in its entirety. But five minutes is enough to convince you it's a critical part.
What's happening on the corner? EveryBlock.com wants to tell you...Hyperlocal sites such as EveryBlock could lead to increased civic engagement such as neighborhood watch programs.
EveryBlock is a brand new local news aggregator which puts a unique filter on the chaos of city life.
EveryBlock offers the kind of information that typically isn't covered in a metropolitan or even a local newspaper... Who wouldn't want to know that their local bar was the scene of this kind of neighborhood unity?
As a journalist I plan on keeping a close eye on EveryBlock. Seems like the type of feature that newspapers could utilize. There is a hunger for news not just of a town, but for news of the very close. The neighborhood, and block.
If you live in New York, Chicago, or San Francisco, you have to check out EveryBlock. No really, you have no choice. It's too cool to pass up. While there are plenty of services out there that aim to give you all the latest news, restaurant reviews, and other information about your community, EveryBlock does an awesome job of pulling together information from disparate sources to give you an overview of what's happening in your neighborhood.
If you're living in one of the [...] supported cities, EveryBlock has just about everything you need to be well informed about your neighborhood.
...an especially slick service for discovering local information.