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Seattle has long been a center of hyperlocal news experimentation, from gritty upstarts like and The West Seattle Blog to corporate endeavors such as AOL’s and the Hearst-owned Now, a new entrant is emerging in order to stir the pot in local real estate and foodie circles. Curbed, the online real estate news blog, and Eater, a sister publication which focuses on the “latest restaurant openings, chef squabbles, and industry gossip,” opened for business today in Seattle.

Curbed is being led by Federal Way native Kelly Skahan, who launched the site with an aerial photo tour of homes owned by past and present Seattle Mariners. Curbed also operates sites in New YorkChicagoLos AngelesSan Francisco, and DC.

“From the ins and outs of the real estate scene, to adventures in urban planning and architecture, to local oddities, for Curbed Seattle, it all comes back to real estate, rent, and the neighborhoods we inhabit,” writes Skahan in today’s introductory post.

Eater Seattle takes a similar course, though with a food focus. It is led by Allecia Vermillion who made a plea to restaurant goers to dish the dirt on the local food and nightlife scene, including everything from “pictures of ridiculous signage” to “chefs storming out of restaurants during service and taking their entire staffs with them.”

She said the goal of the site is to bring a new “level of obsession to tracking the culinary goings-on of a city that has spent the last decade cementing its reputation as a national food presence.”

As a niche-oriented news site ourselves, we look forward to tracking the progress of Curbed and Eater. Welcome to the neighborhood.

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