We’ve been having a great time working on the neighborhood maps, and so far have compiled two small maps, and are working on a larger map of vacant properties city-wide.
Many residents have offered their help with data gathering, which has been great — it’s much more reliable to have eyes on these properties, rather than relying on census data or a quick drive-by. I didn’t want this to become just another regurgitation of the City’s Vacant Building Notice list, but a way to discuss the larger problems residents deal with on a daily basis.
To make things even more interesting, there’s also an app in the works (based on OpenData Kit) that will help with data collection. If you’re interested in working on this project, please shoot us an email! If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to support our data collection and mapping efforts, please go here.