Before the Silver Lake/Los Feliz/Echo Park blogmafia (or the Hollywoodians, Valleyites, South Bayers or any one else from the blog-LA-sphere) get their trackbacked knickers in a twist, it should be noted that outside.in is an opt-in registry for neighborhood blogs tied to the Google Maps API. Here’s their methodology for picking the top 10:
Since we’ve been tracking local bloggers in over 3,000 US neighborhoods for the past six months now, we thought it would be fun to run the numbers and finally answer the question that’s been on everyone’s mind: what exactly are America’s bloggiest neighborhoods? The results below are based on a number of variables: total number of posts, total number of local bloggers, number of comments and Technorati ranking for the bloggers.
And here’s the list of 10 Bloggiest Neighborhoods:
Inside America’s Top 10 Bloggiest Neighborhoods:
1. Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
2. Shaw, DC
3. Downtown LA
4. Newton, Mass
5. Rogers Park/North Howard Chicago
6. Pearl District (“The Pearl”), Portland
7. Watertown, Mass
8. Harlem, NY
9. Potrero Hill, SF
10. Coconut Grove (“The Grove”), FL
And here’s their summary for downtown L.A. :
After the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance was passed in 1999, developers were able to swiftly convert Downtown LA’s vacant commercial buildings into renovated lofts and luxury apartment complexes.
Eric Richardson, creator of blogdowntown and member of multiple neighborhood council committees.
The displacement of the homeless population, particularly in the Skid Row area.
Make of it what you will.