EveryBlock rounds up public information about crime, building permits and more, and also aggregates local news from blogs and more traditional media sources.
It has also become a valuable and lively forum for discussions about neighborhood happenings, and a way for people unfamiliar with a neighborhood to pose a question and get knowledgeable views from a variety of vantage points. One visitor recently asked about buying a condo at 3300 West Irving Park:
Hi everyone, I would love some feedback on this area of Irving Park. Basically, what the neighborhood is like, how much crime, what new projects are coming to the area and the like. My husband and I are deciding on a unit in the building but would like to get a feel first for the neighborhood. Any comments would be appreciated!
Head over to EveryBlock and learn a lot about the neighborhood from people who live there.