BlockAvenue Releases its First API and Showcases First Mashup

Eric Carter, Founder & Corporate Counsel, Dartsand
Mar. 28 2013, 10:00AM EDT

BlockAvenue, location-based analytics company, has announced the release of its first BlockAvenue API. The API gives developers access to BlockAvenue's data (e.g. BlockScores, block reviews, neighborhood reviews, counts, etc.). BlockAvenue provides geolocation data on most neighborhoods across the US, often down to the block level. Its database grows everyday and BlockAvenue expects the API to push BlockAvenue towards its ultimate goal:

"Just about a year ago, BlockAvenue set out on a mission to help consumers find out what it’s like to live in a specific area (down to the block level) and this API is one of our first big steps toward our goal."

BlockAvenue developed and tested the API with its first API partner: Rentenna. Rentenna provides a database for rental properties (including area statistics, reviews, availability, etc.) and the BlockAvenue API provides detail on the surrounding neighborhood. Rentenna included the BlockAvenue API with some other APIs (Google Maps, Yelp, Wikipedia, etc.) and created the "ultimate rental search mashup."

Public documentation is not currently available for the BlockAvenue API. Most of BlockAvenue's robust database seems to be available via API. Those interested in learning more should visit the API page to email the team.

Geolocation apps and APIs arise by the dozen as of late. BlockAvenue takes a unique approach in combining social data with pinpointed geolocation data to provide valuable insight into every square inch of a neighborhood. The API mashups with such data are seemingly endless. From rental property mashups to zone planning, the BlockAvenue API has been long requested and will be well received.

Eric Carter Eric is the founder of Dartsand and Corporate Counsel for a specialty technology distributor. He is a frequent contributor to technology media outlets and also serves as primary legal counsel for multiple startups in the Real Estate, Virtual Assistant, and Software Development Industries. Follow me on Google+

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[...] BlockAvenue is a site dedicated to providing consumers with and idea of what it is like to live in a specific area. Through geolocaton data, the BlockAvenue API allows developers to call upon that data to create their own apps using the BlockAvenue data.  To learn more about the API and the growing amount of rated areas visit the BlockAvenue site as well as the BlockAvenue API blog post. [...]