The project was referenced by PhillyMag on an article they did on gentrification in Philly.
Mapping construction permits over time
Mapping Construction Permits
Mapping the change in construction permits over time to see if it indicates neighborhoods in change.
The data is now pretty old. I'd like to restart it. I've begun working with Ruby so I'm thinking about rewriting the project with Rails.
I've been nominated by Philly's Pen and Pencil Club, as Civic Hacker of the Year for the construction permit heatmap. Voting is closed and the competition is steep, James and Kat pushed really impressive projects that called attention to real issues. But it was a nice surprise to get nominated.
Newsworks did a story with audio and put me on the radio talking about the heatmap.
Code for Philly – a community of web developers and “hacker citizenry, dedicated to re-imagining City government through civic apps” —has a new map showing which Philadelphia neighborhoods have seen an increase and decrease in new projects between 2007 and 2013.
went live, got a write up:
Can new construction point to a neighborhood’s revitalization?
That’s what Jim Smiley, civic hacker and also Technical.ly’s contributing web editor, wondered as he made Gentrifying Philly, a map (with, you might say, a slightly loaded name) that shows which neighborhoods had the biggest jumps, as well as drops, in construction from 2012 or 2013.
pushed code to github
password protected the site:
u: admin p: admin
the link again:
website with with current dev site is up