This map, viewable on the City of Philadelphia's website, shows green infrastructure locations and was made using similar data sets.
In anticipation of Code for Philly's Oct. 16-18 “Apps for Philly Sustainability”(Sorry, this content is no longer available) meet-up, Philadelphia Water and other City agencies released tons of data for the super-tech savvy crowd to tinker with.
Our hope is this creative community of app-building enthusiasts will come up with new tools that help Philadelphia understand and appreciate, among other things, the breadth of green infrastructure projects being designed and implemented through the Green City, Clean Waters program.
Using the data we’ve collected and shared, they can conceive fun and engaging ways for people explore things like green infrastructure locations, how much rain is falling in different parts of the city, and how the topic of customer phone calls varies from neighborhood to neighborhood.
Besides helping to fuel new ideas and providing important information to residents, data releases like this encourage a culture of openness in city institutions.
Or, as Mayor Nutter puts it: “Transparency helps Philadelphia become one of the safest, greenest, healthiest cities in America. This data release joins a growing list of more than 240 open data sets that help inform citizens and strengthen trust in government.”
Mary Ellen McCarty, a GIS Specialist in Philadelphia Water’s Office of Watersheds who worked to provide the data, thinks this information will help residents on a community level.
“I see value in the public learning about projects planned in their neighborhood,” says McCarty. “We are currently working on a project to publish a Big Green Map 2.0, with more information. The user will see more site information about not only public green stormwater infrastructure projects, but private development sites with stormwater management as well.”
We'll be keeping an eye out for cool projects to come out of this weekend's meet up, so stay tuned for updates.