Where Is Best For #Hyperlocal? Cities, Small Towns, Suburbs or Villages/Country? February 14, 2013Posted by Bernard Lunn in Hyperlocal, Uncategorized.
Tags: cities, demographics, everyblock, hyperlocal, news, patch, suburbs, towns
Patch came from a Suburban insight by Tim Armstrong and Burbs fits the view that you care about Local News when you become a parent.
Yet it was the big city vibe that stirred passions when EveryBlock and the great newspapers from the print age mostly came out of the cities.
But in those days the cities were more like small towns today and had families and multiple generations living together.
The villages that are hubs in the country have often lost the youngsters who drive online adoption. And they are small enough that news travels mouth to mouth, people don’t rely on a news intermediary.
I find it hard to think about this clearly as I am a parent who dislikes the car culture isolation of the Burbs; I like the extremes of small villages and huge cities.
Is there any data on this? Where are the profitable Patch sites? Where are the Authentically Local sites?