Mon March 12, 2012
Company Town

Newdigs: Rochester apartment finder taking on Craigslist

Ben Munson, left, and Daniel Mooney. The co-founders of Newdigs.com are gearing up for a national rollout this Summer.
Zack Seward WXXI

Craigslist dominates the world of online rental listings.

Newdigs.com is trying to change that.

“It’s kinda like that Craigslist apartment section, but on a Google Map,” says Newdigs CEO and co-founder Ben Munson.

The Rochester-based startup will soon be taking on the national Goliath in cities across the country.

After nearly two years of beta testing in the Rochester market, Newdigs says its user-friendly, highly searchable platform is ready to leave the nest.

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Wed May 4, 2011

Why you should care about Binghamton's new rental rules

Binghamton residents are fighting back against dilapidated housing.
mrshawnliu via Flickr

Planning commission meetings are usually dry stuff. However, once in a while the changes buried in the planner-speak can mean big things.

We thought we'd bring you some longer excerpts from Monday night's planning hearing in Binghamton, so citizens can explain what's at stake in their own words.

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Mon May 2, 2011

Binghamton holds hearing tonight on stricter rental housing rules

University students graduate this month, but student housing is in Binghamton to stay.
m00by via Flickr

The West Side Neighborhood Project calls the City of Binghamton a "college town without a college."

Binghamton University's almost 12,000 undergraduates work in Vestal, but large numbers of students live and play - and spend their grocery money - in Binghamton.

Of course, with college students come town-gown conflicts.

Homeowners on the city's West Side have argued that rentals, particularly student housing, which is often owned by landlords from outside the area, contribute to blight and crime in residential neighborhoods.

Tonight those rentals will be under the microscrope as the city holds a hearing about proposed regulations about the condition and location of rental housing.

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