I’ve enjoyed hanging out with Adrian at the last couple of PyCon’s, and I’ve been looking forward to his new venture EveryBlock.com for a while.
It seems like the buzzword of our times is:
But it sure seems to me that you can’t act effectively at the local level unless you understand what’s happening in your neighborhood. And most of the time we don’t know a thing about anything local, because it’s not a big enough market to for the increasingly corporate mass-media driven news outlets.
But, at least in theory, the web should change that. It should provide us with the ability to find truly local information. And that’s what everyblock is all about.
Earlier this summer Adrian released a very cool tool for parsing content that was likely built from some kind of template (eg, dynamically generated e-mails, or web pages). I’ve been using TemplteMaker for about a month on a little side project, I immediately saw how this fit into the EveryBlock master plan.
Anyway, congratulations Adrian! And if you live in Chicago, New York, or San Francisco, check it out.