East Village Association

East Village crime map

A Chicago community group calls residents to action through a website, email newsletter, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

My communications for the East Village Association attract a large and diverse following, and draw members to community meetings on planning, schools, police and transit issues.

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    Among EVA successes:

  • Social-media campaigns build political support for a Polish Triangle gateway development.
  • Maps show the nature of neighborhood crime.

The monthly e-mail newsletter has a consistent open rate of 40% to 50%. EVA’s social media presence extends to Twitter events feed, a Flipboard magazine, public discussion groups on Everyblock and Yahoo! and a private NextDoor group, plus event videos on YouTube. The website was launched in 2007 to supplement a printed newsletter. The current Constant Comment newsletter consistently draws a 40% open rate.

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