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BlockAvenue aims to be Yelp for neighborhoods

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Think of the neighborhoods you love -- or the ones you don't. Most likely, specific places pop into mind. That's the idea behind BlockAvenue, a new service that rates the livability of urban neighborhoods using millions of data points, including user reviews via social media.When BlockAvenue was in initial beta testing, "Everybody that had something to say about a neighborhood always related back to a specific place," said Anthony Longo, the company's founder and CEO. Having launched the service last week, Longo and his team are building it out first in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Boston. They'll add other urban areas nationwide in the coming months. Google Maps anchors the search function of the site. When users search neighborhoods, letter grades -- "BlockScores" -- pop up over them. The best-rated 'hoods get A's, and the worst-rated receive F's. As a user zooms in, pins for restaurants and businesses appear, as well as user-generated reviews of specif...