Chicago Planners Map “Crumbling Infrastructure” in Exquisite Detail ~Rachel Dovey @NextCityOrg
DisasterMap.net is preparing to unveil our own new interactive national webmap for Unacceptable Levees, based on the latest data from the National Levee Data Base. So stay tuned! ~Bruce Biles
A new website from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) accomplishes this feat beautifully, turning piles of regional statistics into clean-but-sharp interactive maps. Designed in-house, the site cost around $82,000 to create, according to CMAP spokesperson Tom Garritano.
“Data rules the world, and I don’t think that’s going to end, ever,” he says, explaining the organization’s motivation. Formed in 2005, the regional planning agency was a merger of transportation and land use authorities, both of whom were “keepers” of the figures for decades. Nearly 10 years ago, technology to build a digital representation didn’t exist, but now, Garritano explains, “we want to be as transparent as we can with public data.” Read more.