As reported two weeks ago, MSNBC has acquired EveryBlock, a web-based tool that aggregates crime data, restaurant reviews, health inspections, local news and more. Adrian Holovaty, its creator, is one of the driving forces behind Django, and has promised that the open-sourced EveryBlock code will stay that way. Would this be a good platform on which to build apps for the City of Toronto? This NOW magazine article from 2008 asked that same question; maybe 2009 will be the year it happens.
And while we're on the subject, take a look at Iain Grant's directory of Toronto Twitter feeds, or his tofire.ca site. Neat!