Those of you that know me are unfortunately aware that I'm somewhat of a geek about technological things. This means that I can get unduly fascinated about things like EveryBlock. I had been meaning to write about this site a few weeks ago when it was sent to me by my Chief of Staff, whose brother is a Microsoft beta-tester. I didn't, but a recent Tribune article jogged my inclination to do so now.
The site essentially aggregates news, crime reports and other miscellanea sorted by city, neighborhood or zip code. While still in its infancy, it currently only covers Chicago, New York and San Francisco, it is a very interesting idea that can help people be more aware of what's going on in their neighborhood, or to look into someplace that they're thinking about moving to or visiting. Check it out.