Boston.com will roll out the first six of 16 planned hyperlocal Your Town sites for individual neighborhoods, with the initial half-dozen being Allston/Brighton, Back Bay, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, South Boston, and the South End, and the remaining 10 scheduled to debut by the end of the fall.
The sites will be populated by local correspondents working with staff from Boston.com and The Boston Globe, covering topics including local politics, crime statistics, and transportation, and users will be able to pay town and city bills online; access trash and recycling schedules; order parking permits; report potholes and other public-works issues; follow high school sports, including schedules; and access listings of neighborhood events and real estate.
The Boston Globe and Boston.com vice president of digital Robert Kempf said:
Boston truly is a city of neighborhoods, and each has a distinctive identity. We believe adjusting the Your Town model to include coverage of neighborhoods will be the most useful way to serve Bostonians. It is hyperlocal journalism at its best.