Humans are spatial beings. We’re hardwired to understand our world in terms of physical space. We find maps intrinsically fascinating, and they enrich our understanding through spatial relationships.
In a world where local news is more accessible than ever, BlogMap and Blockfeed are two sites that take advantage of modern software to plot stories by neighborhood. It makes sense locals would want to browse news not only by theme or publisher, but by location.
“The physical location of news is important to a local news reader, which is why it makes sense to present it on a map,” Blockfeed co-founder Ben Goldman told Brownstoner. “Some readers may only be interested in local news from a very specific place, such as around their home or office. A map frees you to explore news in this way.”
BlogMap’s creation was, surprisingly, inspired by Brownstoner. “I actually built BlogMap because I’m a big Montrose Morris fan and found it difficult to find similar content when I left Brooklyn for grad school in Philly,” Jake Colleran, the creator of BlogMap, told us.