This week's presentation at ChiHackNight described a planning tool developed by the Chicago Regional Planning Agency for Planning (CMAP). Take a look at the video, then look at the screen shots I've posted below.
The dashboard Elizabeth Scott is describing can be found at https://www.regionalhousingsolutions.org/
Note the two rows of colored boxes to the left of the map. These are the eight issue areas CMAP data focuses on. The map is color-coded for these issues.
This view also shows a list of other communities in the region, including community areas of Chicago, which profile the same way. Each of these communities could be a resource for all others.
This is a robust and creative tool and people in every community of the Chicago region (and other places) should spend time getting to know its features. Also watch for updates showing how people are using this and how CMAP is adding new features to enhance its use.
Chicago Tutor/Mentor Program Locator.
So far the CMAP platform does not include poverty overlays, or other indicators such as poorly performing school, concentrations of ex-offenders, health disparities, violence, etc.
It also does not include overlays of service providers and assets. It may in the future.
Browse this site to see maps I've created using the Program Locator, and other maps created using ARC GIS. Browse this section of the Tutor/Mentor blog, to see more map-views created using the Program Locator.
Here's a pdf created to show how the Tutor/Mentor Program locator can be used to make your own maps. And, here's a wiki page where I show the goal of using maps, starting in 1993.
While I'm looking for partners who would help update the Program Locator that was built for me in 2008-09, I also point to other data indicator platforms, that people can use to create map stories that focus attention and resources on areas with high poverty.
As you look at the features in the CMAP platform, and how they support discussions of housing issues, imagine a parallel platform supporting how communities discuss the needs of kids and the steps that would lead to better schools and a better non-school support system helping kids to careers.
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