Public Transit

Esri Sets Up COVID-19 GIS Hub

The planning profession can contribute to the worldwide fight to control the spread of COVID-19. GIS technology, for instance, allows real-time monitoring of the pandemic.

March 13, 2020 - ESRI

Austin Race map

Esri App Makes Data Visualization Easy

A wealth of pre-authored policy maps lets users access data to explore public policy issues.

April 8, 2019 - ArcWatch (Esri)

Los Angeles City Hall

Five Key Data Sources for Park Planning

Park planner Clement Lau discusses five (plus one in Los Angeles) key data sources for parks and recreation planning.

September 10, 2018 - UrbDeZine

Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve

Esri's Jack and Laura Dangermond Make Massive Land Conservation Gift

The Nature Conservancy's largest ever gift will preserve 24,000 acres of highly prized land in California. Jack and Laura Dangermond (cofounders of Esri) made the donation.

December 30, 2017 - The Atlantic

A New Tool to Amplify the Power of Open Data

Open data that no one knows how to use is hardly open at all. A new platform from Esri aims to improve the situation.

July 14, 2017 - CityLab

5 Tips for Analyzing Transit Service

Esri offers insights into five new ways to analyze the success of transit service in cities of all kinds.

October 5, 2015 - ESRI

The First-Ever 'Ecological Land Units' Map of the World

A new web-based tool by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Esri allows users to "explore the ecological tapestry of the world."

January 14, 2015 - ASLA The Dirt

Google maps screengrab of the United States

Mapping Lifestyle, Age, Income, and Population Density by ZIP Code

Esri offers a new product called Tapestry Segmentation, which overlays geography with U.S. Census and marketing data.

October 10, 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

Mobile App Helps Battle Graffiti in Philadelphia

Philadelphia's Community Life Improvement Program is using Esri's Collector mobile app to empower their data collection in management. Prior to Collector, the anti-graffiti effort was driven by Excel.

August 12, 2014 - Philly

Friday Eye Candy: USGS Launches Historical Topographic Map Explorer

A new tool, released in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey and Esri, provides easy access to historical maps from all over the country, featuring a timeline to easily select maps from different eras.

July 11, 2014 - ESRI

Kid on Bus

Crowd-Sourced Infographic Rates Ten Transit Systems

An interactive map featuring a combination of ESRI's Story Maps, Yelp, and TripAdvisor posts shows ten popular subway systems as rated by transit riders.

April 5, 2014 - Mashable

An image of a 3D city block generated by ESRI CityEngine software

Build A 3D City Model Within Minutes

ESRI's CityEngine software enables 3D modeling of urban environments. The forthcoming version of the software will enable developers to use the 3D city modeling technology in their own software.

September 13, 2013 - ComputerWorld

Urban Observatory

New Tool Facilitates Stunning City Comparisons

The creator of the TED conference has teamed up with Esri to develop an innovative interactive exhibit and online mapping tool to compare 16 global cities along 16 data points, including: population density, open space, and traffic.

July 12, 2013 - Fast Company Co.Exist

Using Geodesign to Model the Complex Intersection of Land Use and Climate Change

The subject of a recent summit hosted by software maker Esri, Larry Greenemeier explains the application of Geodesign to help predict and manage the increasingly complex intersection of design, land use, ecology, and climate change.

January 27, 2013 - Scientific American

Animating San Francisco's Turbulent Decade

A joint project by technology company Esri and the city of San Francisco shows the promising confluence of open data and innovative visualization techniques.

October 16, 2012 - Fast Company Co.Exist

Geocoding the Health Impacts of Your Neighborhood

Ever wonder what effect the pollution you're exposed to in your neighborhood on a daily basis is having on your family's long-term health? The emerging field of geo-medecine is providing answers, reports Christine MacDonald.

May 24, 2012 - The Atlantic Cities

Rumor: Microsoft To Buy ESRI?

So if both Microsoft and ESRI are concerned about the Google's move into mapping with the impressive Google Earth, then perhaps a Microsoft-ESRI combination would be the way to fight back. Wow. That's a big rumor.

August 8, 2005 - Chris Steins

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