Los Angeles is the first waze geography in the U.S. to have its own wazewebpage. Waze is a crowdsourced mapping and traffic app with some games that encourage data collection.
The idea seems to revolve around making waze more relevant by making it more local. The site features top contributors for the area, a local waze blog, a local waze traffic map and feed, an ad for a LA City Manager. On the main waze page you’d see similar features, but for an entire country. As Community Geographer DiAnn Eisnor put in an e-mail: “...we have so much live local information and it gets lost on the main site.” She continues by explaining the need for local sites: “Each city has a unique set of traffic, construction challenges and we can serve our users better by speaking to local needs including local twitter account, local site etc.”
- press release (from waze LA blog) via DiAnn Eisnor