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thoughts, ideas + dialogues on urban revitalization, smart growth + neighborhood development
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The Neighborhood Data Portal Every City Needs

The Neighborhood Data Portal Every City Needs | green streets | Scoop.it
Los Angeles rolls out interactive neighborhood health profiles covering everything from crime stats to obesity rates.

As the open data movement has matured, public city-wide vital stats have come to feel more like a citizen's right than a civic innovation. This is where things should head next: Take all of that data, map it, connect the dots between public health, land use, economics, education, crime and housing. And portray those patterns – and the inequality they often reveal – down to the neighborhood level.


Los Angeles has recently done just this, rolling out a web tool as part of its Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles that maps a tremendous number of metrics about life in the region, at both the city and neighborhood scales. Just a sampling of the dozens of metrics, via the portal from the L.A. Department of City Planning, the L.A. County Department of Public Health and The California Endowment:

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Put a Green Roof On It...

Put a Green Roof On It... | green streets | Scoop.it
A new tool visualizes green roofs on any building, and the water and energy they could save.

The rivers and streams advocacy group American Rivers has just come out with a cool new tool for what might seem an off-message topic: green roofs. A posterchild of the green building movement, green roofs have gained a lot of popularity in recent years with the rise of green building certifications like LEED, a high-profile roll out on the roof of Chicago's City Hall and the general uptick in concerns about energy usage in buildings. Growing a garden on top of your office building has rapidly evolved from crackpot to conventional...

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Streetmix: A new app lets you reimagine and redesign your city's streets

Streetmix: A new app lets you reimagine and redesign your city's streets | green streets | Scoop.it

It's easy to point out that there's something wrong with a system, such as the design of an urban street or neighborhood, but it's another thing entirely to come up with a design that would be better.

But when it comes to re-imagining the streets in your neighborhood, that process just got quite a bit easier, thanks to a new web app. With Streetmix, users design their perfect street, with the right balance of bike lanes, sidewalks, public transport and vehicle traffic lanes, just by dragging and dropping design segments and adjusting their parameters.

Some users are designing alternatives to real streets in their cities; the app uses real-world design constraints, which can help the layperson understand some of what urban planners need to incorporate in their designs and enable better communication between the planners and the population in design and use issues.


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miguel sa's curator insight, September 4, 2013 4:15 PM

Now this sounds like fun!