Popular neighborhood forum and news aggregator EveryBlock announced Thursday morning it's shutting its doors for good.
In its final blog post, titled "Farewell, Neighbors," the Everyblock team said Thursday will be the company’s last day. EveryBlock is owned by NBC Universal.
The site was founded by Chicago's Adrian Holovaty after winning a two-year $1.1 million grant in 2007 by the Knight Foundation, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. EveryBlock expanded to 15 other cities beyond Chicago before it was sold to MSNBC.com in 2009.
The company's final blog reads as follows:
We’re sorry to report that EveryBlock has closed its doors.
It’s no secret that the news industry is in the midst of a massive change. Within the world of neighborhood news there’s an exciting pace of innovation yet increasing challenges to building a profitable business. Though EveryBlock has been able to build an engaged community over the years, we’re faced with the decision to wrap things up.
Thank you for having let us play a role in how you get your neighborhood news. Thanks for the contributions, for the questions, and for allowing us to connect you to each other, in many cases to make great things happen in your community. Along the way, we hope we’ve helped you be a better neighbor.