EveryBlock Signs Off

Each day I check various websites to see what is going on in our neighborhood. One of my daily stops has been EveryBlock, a site that automatically harvested news from various sources, blogs, and police reports for individual neighborhoods. As of February 7th, they have ceased to be. My guess is digesting other people’s news couldn’t generate enough revenue to continue. I suppose that means it will be non-profit blogs like ours that will take up the slack.

Meanwhile, if you want to know what police activity is going on in and around Victory Heights, I highly recommend subscribing to the Seattle Police Department’s Twitter feed for our area.

The Victory Heights Blog also has a Twitter feed (mostly links to articles as I post them), and don’t forget our Facebook page.  You can also receive e-mail notices when a new article is posted, just fill in the box on the column on the right hand side of this page.

Twitter Feed Features Seattle Police Neighborhood Activity

Until now, the best way to get real time police activity was to have a police scanner (or an iPhone app–several are available) but the signal-to-noise ratio is pretty bad with most calls being irrelevant to the average citizen.  But now, per this article in the Seattle Times, you can get a Twitter feed that features news and activity from the Seattle Police Department (SPD) targeted for specific neighborhoods.  Victory Heights is PDL2 in SPD lingo, or more formally, North Precinct, Sector Lincoln, Beat L2.  Their twitter feed is here. You can visit the feed with a browser or follow it with your Twitter account.

Incidentally, if you hear sirens from fire or aid trucks and want to know where they are rushing to, this page from the Seattle Fire Department provides real-time 911 dispatches, just click on the “Today” button to generate an up-to-the-minute listing.