02 July 2007

Washingtonpost.com Goes Hyperlocal

The Washington Post, best known for its coverage of national U.S. politics, recently launched Local Explorer, a hyperlocal site with information about communities in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

The site combines Google maps with detailed information on home sales, crime and schools, as well as a range of local services from grocery stores to movie theatres. Classifieds and event listings also are available.

News and some of the community information comes from the Post. Other local information is provided by such sources as local police departments, public transportation agencies and municipal databases.

The site is available at www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local-explorer. Media consultant Peter Krasilovsky offers his take on his site, The Local Onliner.

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