Mayor Parker teams with Comcast to launch EveryBlock news app

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HOUSTON -Journalists beware, the city of Houston is getting into the news business. Mayor Parker announced today that the city is teaming up with Comcast to launch EveryBlock, a street-by-street news and information service for Houston's inquiring minds.

"How can we take the range of information that we want to provide to our citizens, and give them the parts that they want and need, but not overwhelm them with stuff that they don't need?" the Mayor said of the idea behind the new service.

The app works like a clearing house, searching everything from road closures to bulletin boards and delivering it to you based on the filters you select. It's already on-line in Chicago and Philadelphia and what makes it different than so many other news apps is that it's not funded by memberships or advertisements, but is a genuine community service provided by the city and Comcast.

"This is a community-based initiative for Comcast, so we're funding the development for the site and the ongoing production of the site," said Comcast's Craig D'Agostini.

So if you want to know what's happening in your neighborhood, you could check them out. Of course, we happen to think the NewsFix app is better.