What is EveryBlock?

EveryBlock is the service to find out what’s happening around you – from local events and restaurant openings to ordinances under consideration and crime statistics – and connect with your neighbors, local businesses, elected officials and others who live or do business in your neighborhood.

What content can you find on EveryBlock?

Please see our about page.

How does EveryBlock work?

Individuals, businesses, elected officials and others who sign up can post messages and comments. And because EveryBlock is built on a powerful platform, it also can:

  • Pull from and publish information from local city, school and other RSS feeds;
  • Take in, aggregate and localize data from open data and public Websites and services. The data can range from business licenses and food/restaurant inspections to crime statistics and building permits; and
  • Crawl websites and news feeds to index and publish them by location.

Who is the intended audience?

Any resident, business, elected official or other party that lives, does business or is interested in information from a particular neighborhood.

In which cities is EveryBlock active?

Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Boston and Denver, currently.

What cities will be added to EveryBlock?

To be determined. We’re still finalizing our plans.

Is there a fee to use EveryBlock?

EveryBlock is free and open to all visitors.

How do you access EveryBlock?

EveryBlock is located on the Web at EveryBlock.com or via the EveryBlock app for iOS devices.

How do you personalize your EveryBlock experience?

Please login and visit "Manage your account settings" Manage your account settings to set your delivery locations, social media connections, news types and establish other personal preferences.

How can a group participate, include their website, blog or data in EveryBlock?

Refer to the “Become a Publisher” form on our Website for all instructions. You can also suggest a website, feed or data source on the same form.

How can I contact the team?

Just use the convenient feedback form at the bottom of almost any EveryBlock page.

Does EveryBlock accept advertising?

Not at this time.

How can I keep updated with the latest news around my block/neighborhood?

Please login and visit your Community, Followed Places, Posting, Subscriptions and Manage Email sections for ways to keep in touch with your neighborhood through the website, email and phone.

Where do your zip code boundaries come from?

Our zip code boundaries come from the US Census Bureau. These boundaries are actually called Zip Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs). Zip codes are not permanent, so a given ZCTA is only an approximation of its zip code service area.

For example, an address might have the zip code 60625, but that address's coordinates could fall within the 60659 ZCTA.

For more information, please visit the ZIP code tabulation area wikipedia page here.

Please note that our zip codes share area with, but may not be fully contained within their associated city boundaries.

How can I keep updated with the latest EveryBlock features?

Visit the EveryBlock blog to read about the latest features we’ve added to our site. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

What technologies does EveryBlock use?

Our site uses a stack of open-source software: PostgreSQL, PostGIS and Django. We use the Python programming language extensively. We use Amazon Web Services, specifically EC2, for our server needs. We also connect to the Wordpress plugin repository.

Where can I get general information on how to use the site?

Please login and visit our Help section, specifically our Community page.

What should I post? How I should I post?

Please login and check out our Posting page for tips and advice.

What organizations are featured on EveryBlock?

You can view a list of organizations whose RSS feeds are featured on EveryBlock by logging in and visiting our media mentions sources page.

What is a media mention?

Media mentions are posts from RSS feeds of various web sites that contain information relevant to a location in the city.

What are our neighbor message categories?

Message categories are how we classify our neighbor messages to help our users find relevant items.

  • Acts of kindness — Neighbors doing good deeds.
  • City services — Questions or announcements related to trash pickup, utilities, etc.
  • Crime — Recent crimes or suspicious activity.
  • Family/parenting — Schools, daycare, kids' classes, playgroups, etc.
  • Housing — Apartment searches, home maintenance, local real estate trends, etc.
  • Local business — Business reviews and requests for recommendations.
  • Local politics — Local elections and announcements. No personal attacks, please.
  • Lost and found — Found keys, lost cameras, etc.
  • Neighborhood improvement — Projects to make your neighborhood a better place.
  • Neighborhood news — Announcements and questions about things happening nearby.
  • Neighborhood talk — Discussions about the neighborhood and neighborly advice.
  • Pets — Lost pets, found pets, dog parks, and alerts for local pet owners.

EveryBlock Search

We now use Google Custom Search functionality on EveryBlock.com, making your search experience much more powerful. Results for the topics, names, places and phrases you enter in our search box are gathered instantly from across all the different news and location content sources that have been featured on our site -- not just neighbor messages -- since EveryBlock launched in 2008.

And you can filter your search results by relevance or date order. Plus, your search results now display in a user-friendly “page list” format of article snippets from which to choose.

Upcoming improvements to EveryBlock search will include additional options that will allow you to filter your searches by location, author, category and date range, to name a few. So stay tuned, we’ll give you a heads-up here, each time we roll out more new enhancements.