The Gold Standard for Civic Data Delivery

Emily Badger is extremely impressed—and for good reason—with the City of Los Angeles' new neighborhood data portal, built in connection with the development a new health and wellness chapter for the city's General Plan.

What type of information is important to understand a city's health and wellness? Off-sale liquor license rates? Rates of motor vehicle collisions with pedestrians? The prevalence of childhood obesity? How about all of the above and much much more.

A new web tool launched by the City of Los Angeles as part of its Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles, "maps a tremendous number of metrics about life in the region, at both the city and neighborhood scales" in an easy to digest graphic interface.

"Much of the data comes from the Health Atlas [PDF] the city released earlier this year, which made clear that life expectancies, for example, varied considerably across town. In an interactive mapping tool, however, that same information is now much more accessible, and can be viewed city-wide or by neighborhood," notes Badger. 

Full Story: The Neighborhood Data Portal Every City Needs

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