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Launches & Releases: Clinton Hill & Fort Greene Go Local

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The Times launched its experiment in neighborhood blogging yesterday with the creation of The Local, a pair of sites covering Fort Greene/Clinton Hill, and New Jersey's Maplewood/Millburn/South Orange area. From Local BK blogger Andy Newman's introductory post: "The Local will tell stories that matter: crime and politics and culture and civic life and everything else. Some stories will be snapshots, mere moments. Others will unfold over days or weeks or marking periods — the birth pangs of a food coop or a high school newspaper, the aftermath of a crime, and, as the unstoppable wave of local gentrification crashes into the unstoppable wave of global economic meltdown, an ever-growing tale of loss and struggle." Plus, there's a section for kids' drawings, so how can you resist?
· The Local [fort-greene.blogs.nytimes.com]