Relocating? New Service Finds Similar Neighborhoods

Neighborhood-level intelligence isn’t always easy to find, for residents, travelers or resettlers. We have neighborhood boundaries, courtesy of the sociologists and mapmakers at Urban Mapping. But other information can be scant.  Now we have another view from the real estate brain-trust of Niki Scevak’s Homethinking, which rolls out a service today that lets users compare neighborhoods in cities. An … Read more

HelloMetro Rides Google’s City Name Keywords

One of the homespun stories of interactive local media is the rise of HelloMetro, a city guide company that started in 1999 as an entrepreneurial effort in Louisville, KY, and has since grown to include 15 staffers, including five direct salespeople.  The company, which has hundreds of Hello(City name) city guides, made $7.5 million in 2008. … Read more

Maponics Adds Zip Code Data to Neighborhood Info

Maponics, a provider of polygonal neighborhood boundary data based on both GIS and sociological data, is launching a suite of services that match the data with zip codes. The Norwich,VT-based company, which has around 30 staffers, says it is now tracking 66,000 neighborhoods in the U.S. and Canada. Customers for Maponics data include Google, Trulia, InfoUSA, YellowBook USA, … Read more