Want to know what's happening in a faraway neighborhood you're planning to visit, a neighborhood you're prone to haunt, or perhaps your own neighborhood? Steven Johnson has co-created a site that enables you to do just that - outside.in. The New York Times has an article about Johnson and this site, although it curiously provides no direct link to it. Johnson, author of The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic — and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World, also created plastic.com. And, he has a blog!
Twenty-three cities are listed so far, but be forwarned: if your neighborhood is a in suburb of one of those cities, it might not be on the site. The cities are Ann Arbor (MI), Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
My town of Indianapolis, currently 12th in population, is not yet on the site, but Ann Arbor is? It's not even in the top 50 of populated cities.