If you relied on the popular neighborhood website EveryBlock.com for all the latest news, updates, and discussions on what is happening in your local area, it’s time to find a new resource.
To the surprise of many, EveryBlock has informed its viewers and readers via a blog post that the website, and news industry in general, is facing new obstacles and challenges towards building a profitable and sustainable business and the decision has been made to ultimately shut its doors. Although many people found EveryBlock to be useful, innovative, and a great tool for seeing what’s happening throughout various communities and neighborhoods, evidence that the website might not last was first seen back in August 2012.
In an article posted by The Verge around that same time, the founder of EveryBlock, Adrian Holovaty, openly admitted in an interview that the “hype definitely faded over time”. However, he still seemed confident it would remain relevant and popular among city-dwellers looking for up-to-the-minute news and neighborhood updates, even after the company was sold to MSNBC.com. It was also in August when Holovaty left the web startup, after a five year quest to create and develop the EveryBlock product, to pursue other start-up ventures, which includes the open source web development framework Django.
Regardless of why EveryBlock couldn’t survive, there’s no doubt it will be missed by many of its followers and users, including myself. For homebuyers relocating to a new city, EveryBlock not only acted as a real-time news source but also as a means to learn about certain lifestyle segments of almost any given neighborhood. Perhaps another hyper-local news website is in the works from a totally different company, but for now, we’ll just have to wait and hope.
Adrian Holovaty announced back in May 2007 that he received a $1.1 million grant from the Knight Foundation, an organization that finances media and journalism innovation projects, which was used to fund the web startup EveryBlock.
Joe Heath is a graduate of Indiana University and also holds a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development from Drexel University. After working as a Market Research Associate and writing published Market Snapshots for Hanley Wood Market Intelligence in Chicago, Joe now works as a Web Marketing Specialist and is a managing partner at Real Estate Web Creation, LLC.