Launch: EveryBlock Philadelphia and EveryBlock Charlotte

Today I helped launch EveryBlock in two more cities— Philadelphia and Charlotte. Here’s the blog post on the EveryBlock blog: Two new EveryBlock cities are live.

My role was to find and coordinate the publication of all data in each city. I’m particularly happy with a new data type— Library items. Here’s more:

New library items — We’re experimenting with this fun new data type on EveryBlock Charlotte. If you live near a library, your EveryBlock block/neighborhood page will include books and DVDs that have recently been added to your local library’s collection. It’s a nice reminder of all the interesting items available to you.

LAUNCH: “Operation Crooked Code”

Today I helped launch the first EveryBlock Special Report, Operation Crooked Code. Here’s some notes on the work, from the announcement blog post:

The first EveryBlock special report is a great one: Operation Crooked Code. A week or so ago, 15 people were arrested on bribery charges as part of a federal probe into corruption in Chicago city government. We’ve analyzed U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald’s complaint documents and cataloged the specific addresses mentioned within. On the project’s front page, you can view every location we found, along with a relevant excerpt from the complaint. You can sort this data in various ways, including a list and map of all the alleged bribe locations.

We’ve found that this really helps the news feel closer to home, so to speak. Hearing about these indictments in the news is one thing, but finding out a bribe allegedly took place at the Dunkin Donuts by your office puts things in a new perspective.

If you happen to live near any of these locations, you’ll notice that the information shows up on your block page (example), with the rest of the local news you know and love.