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January 25, 2015

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New website focuses on your neighborhood

Detailed site gives readers inside look at news, events, crime reports, and more — by ZIP code

Home News

Home News website launches.

The next frontier on the Internet will be about a sense of place — it will find ways of being useful to people in their neighborhoods or wherever they may be at any particular moment.

In 1950, when Las Vegas Sun founder Hank Greenspun talked about a sense of home, his readers knew exactly what he meant because Las Vegas was a small town. In today’s Las Vegas, home is a more complicated thing. Everyday activities such as driving to work are much different from when the Sun first began publishing.

The Las Vegas Sun begins today an attempt to make your life simpler. With the launch of the Home News section of our newspaper website, we will try to create a sense of community that is essential for the future of Southern Nevada. And we’re doing it by giving you constantly updated information that is literally from your own backyard.

You can see this detailed view of your community by clicking here.

Once you do that, you will be asked to type in your ZIP code. You will see news from your neighborhood, including stories written specifically about where you live. There is a calendar loaded with events in your area and a restaurant guide that will tell you not only whether the local pizza joint is open for lunch but also where you can get pancakes at 2 a.m.

On this site, you can find out the best prices for gasoline in your region without ever leaving the house. And if you’re concerned about crime in your neighborhood, constantly updated police reports are right at your fingertips.

The Home News site not only tells which homes in your neighborhood are for sale, but what they are selling for. If you’re interested in your local schools or what movie is playing up the street, that information is available, as well.

The Home News website also helps reconnect the small businesses in the communities throughout Las Vegas with their customers. The site features deals and discounts aimed specifically at those who live and shop in those neighborhoods.

This site is going to evolve. We very much want and need your input. We’re trying to provide you with tools that we hope are both useful and fun.

If there are things you feel the site lacks, we encourage you to let us know. This is meant to be a site for you, our readers, and that’s our commitment.

Send your thoughts and suggestions to [email protected] or post them in the comments section below this story.

We’ve even rebuilt the mobile version of this website so that if you access it from your mobile phone, we can give you all of this new local information customized to your exact location.

What we launch today is just the beginning. Las Vegas Sun Publisher Brian Greenspun believes that for Las Vegas to grow and prosper, we need to have a sense of community again. This is our attempt to do that block-by-block and ZIP code-by-ZIP code.

Rob Curley is the senior editor for digital for the Las Vegas Sun and Greenspun Media Group.

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  1. Off to a great start!

  2. Great idea. Thanks.

  3. This looks good, thanks for this cool site!

  4. Look good! I especially like the user posts feature if it is used right.

  5. Chunky says:

    Excellent idea and very progressive thinking to localize news. The other great thing is that local area small businesses can target zip codes for their advertising (Chunky hopes because he and Mrs. Chunks need to find some new restaurants).

    This is a much better business model than the RJ who has decided to boost income by suing and strong-arming people and businesses who have little or no means to fight back.

    Hat's off to Sun staff for leveraging the Internet in a positive way.

    That's what Chunky thinks!

  6. The Sun is very innovative with its website layout and quality, and this just extends that innovation. Along with the quality of reporting, the Sun is, in my opinion, one of the top newspapers in the nation.

    Now if only that silly "see all comments" change would be removed.

  7. The Sun just keeps blowing away the RJ. Keep it up!

  8. Nice work!

    Now tie local businesses to it, charge them for extra advertising, and you can make some money on it as well. Works for foursquare concept.