WaPo Expands Local Homepage, Launches PostLocal.com

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Perhaps in preparation for the grand unveiling of Allbritton’s new local site TBD, WaPo today announced an expanded local homepage at PostLocal.com. The refreshed local site comes five weeks after the launch of PostPolitics.com.

Some of the new features on the site include the following:

New Local Politics Blog: The “DeBonis” blog debuts where local political expert Mike DeBonis will regularly break news, analyze the political scene and hold local leaders accountable. DeBonis will also write a column that will be published early online Thursdays and in print Fridays.

The Daily Gripe: Local residents can report problems in their neighborhoods and get a direct line to local officials who can fix those problems.

Lori’s A.M. Buzz: This weekday blog by Local Reporter Lori Aratani will provide readers with a digest of the newsiest stories of the morning and a look ahead to the day’s local coverage.

New Transportation Page: New features include a construction projects calendar, transportation tips for getting around the area and a Metro fare calculator. The Get There blog will also relaunch as Dr. Gridlock’s blog.

News Reload: Using The Post’s popular TimeSpace program, News Reload makes it simple to find local news, day by day. If you’ve been out of town or skipped a few days of news, News Reload allows you to easily find the top local stories for each day you missed.

Campaign Wikis: This feature provides the latest news on local elections and ways to participate in the races, starting with coverage of the D.C. mayoral race and the Md. governor’s race. Like any other Wiki, readers can also participate in the way The Post covers campaigns by contributing to and commenting on the entries for these campaigns.

D.C. Wire Blog: The District blog presents more conversational news from where residents live, including a Thursday online chat hosted by Marc Fisher and other Post staffers and Friday videos with Hamil Harris holding the mic.

DataPost: A collection of the most interesting, searchable databases developed by The Post and other local and national organizations and agencies. Explore traffic data, census figures and poverty rates, crime statistics, detailed results from past elections, and more.

All Opinions Are Local: A network of independent bloggers around the region who weigh in on important local issues.

Check it out here.