EveryBlock (Chicago) to Relaunch on Thursday
The hyperlocal news and data site EveryBlock will reopen to serve the many neighborhoods of Chicago on Thursday. All of the local sites have been offline since Feb 7, 2013 when owner NBC Universal shut it down. But new owner Comcast says the site is popular and will re-launch in Chicago and then in other geographies. Existing members will be invited to re-stablish accounts and the site will have improved cross platform support. Plans for monitization? Unclear at this time.
EveryBlock: A History
2007 - Naperville native Adrian Holovaty founded EveryBlock via a $1.1 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
2008 - Three sites launched in January: Chicago, San Francisco and New York. Eventually 19 cities were supported.
2009 - NBC Universal acquired EveryBlock for MSNBC.com, a now-dead partnership with Microsoft.
2012 - NBC News took full possession of the site; Holovaty left to pursue other interests.
2013 - NBC News shut down the site on February 7, 2013, noting losses and an lack of fit. Comcast completed its acquisition of NBC in March 2013.
2014 - On Jan 23 EveryBlock will be back, operating the site outside of the news, serving Chicago.