WALKscope

WALKscope is a mobile tool that collects data related to sidewalks, intersections, and pedestrian counts in the Denver metro area. This information will help create an inventory of pedestrian infrastructure, identify gaps, and build the case for improvements.

Link: http://www.walkscope.org/

Author: WalkDenver and PlaceMatters

Category:  Demographics, Health, Infrastructure, Mobility, Transportation, Equity

Geographic Scope:  National

GIS Integration: Yes

Tool Outputs:  Maps, Graphs, Reports, Downloadable Data

Skill Level: Low-Medium

Data Level:

Data Permissions: Free resource available to the public for download or viewing online.

Last Updated: 2017

Urban Displacement

Provides research aimed to understand and describe the nature of gentrification and displacement and generate knowledge on how policy interventions and investment can respond and support more equitable development.

Link: http://www.urbandisplacement.org

Author: UC Berkeley

Category:  Demographics, Development, Equity, Housing, Jobs, Land Use, Mobility, Policy, Transportation

Geographic Scope:  Regional

GIS Integration: No

Tool Outputs:  Datasets, Maps, Reports/Summaries

Skill Level: Low

Data Level: Census Tracts

Data Permissions: Data available for direct download

Last Updated: 2018

The Place Database

The Place Database is a data visualization tool of the United States which uses the PolicyMap platform. The tool allows users to view the latest available data for dozens of indicators—ranging from housing affordability to brownfield sites to federal government spending.

Link: https://placedatabase.policymap.com/

Author: The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and PolicyMap

Category:  Demographics, Development, Environment, Housing, Infrastructure, Land Use, Policy

Geographic Scope:  National

GIS Integration: Yes

Tool Outputs:  Maps, Comparisons

Skill Level: Medium

Data Level: Census Block Groups

Data Permissions: Data available for direct download

Last Updated: 2018

Walk Score

Walk Score measures walkability on a scale from 0 – 100 based on walking routes to destinations such as grocery stores, schools, parks, restaurants, and retail

Walk Score’s mission is to promote walkable neighborhoods.

Link: https://www.walkscore.com/

https://www.redfin.com/how-walk-score-works

Author:  Walk Score

Category: Economy, Equity, Health, Infrastructure, Mobility, Transportation, Safety, Sustainability

Geographic Scope:  United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand

GIS Integration: Yes

Tool Outputs: Walk Score Maps

Skill Level: Low-Medium

Data Level: Multiple

Data Permissions: Free resource available to the public for viewing online. Walk Score data can be requested and is available in a variety of formats including shapefiles, spreadsheets, and via APIs.

Last Updated: 2017

Walkability Index

The National Walkability Index is a nationwide geographic data resource that ranks block groups according to their relative walkability. The national dataset includes walkability scores for all block groups as well as the underlying attributes that are used to rank the block groups.

Link: https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/smart-location-mapping#walkability

Author:  U.S. EPA Smart Growth Program

Category: Demographics, Infrastructure, Mobility, Transportation, Sustainability

Geographic Scope:  National

GIS Integration: Yes

Skill Level: Low-Medium

Data Level: Census Block Groups

Data Permissions: Free resource available to the public for download or viewing online.

Last Updated: 2017

UF GeoPlan Florida Sea Level Scenario Sketch Planning Tool

The Sea Level Scenario Sketch Planning Tool helps identify transportation infrastructure vulnerable to current and future flood risks. The tool analyzes and visualizes current flood risks (100-year and 500-year floodplains and hurricane storm surge zones) as well as future flood risks using sea level rise (SLR) scenarios from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/ National Climate Assessment.

Link: https://sls.geoplan.ufl.edu/#view-maps

Author: University of Florida GeoPlan Center

Category: Resiliency, Climate

Geographic Scope:  Florida

GIS Integration: Yes

Tool Outputs: Maps, Projections/Scenarios, Comparison

Skill Level: Medium

Data Level: SLR inundation surfaces

Data Permissions: Free resource available to the public for download or viewing online.

Last Updated: 2017

Treepedia

Treepedia measures the canopy cover in cities using a  scaleable and universally applicable method by analyzing the amount of green at the street-level perception based on Google Street View (GSV) images. The tool provides a Green View Index to evaluate and compare canopy cover to help galvanize the implementation of green canopy strategies.

Link: http://senseable.mit.edu/treepedia

Author: MIT Senseable City Lab, World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Cities, and the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers community

Category: Demographics, Sustainability, Resilience

Geographic Scope:  Global cities

GIS Integration: No

Tool Outputs: Green View Index, Maps, Compare Cities

Skill Level: Low-Medium

Data Level: Street Level

Data Permissions: Free resource available to the public for download or viewing online.

Last Updated: 2017

Transitland

Transitland is a community-edited data service aggregating transit networks across metropolitan and rural areas around the world. The tool contains several interlocking parts, including the Feed Registry, the Datastore, and the Playground. The Feed Registry is a directory of transit operators and data feeds. The Datastore brings together data from listed in the Feed Registry with contributions, edits, and fixes from transit enthusiasts and developers. The Playground demonstrates all the pieces of the data architecture working together.

Link: https://transit.land/

Author: Open-Source

Category: Infrastructure, Transportation

Geographic Scope:  United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand

GIS Integration: Yes

Tool Outputs: Run query for maps and visualizations, Downloadable Data

Skill Level: High

Data Level: Multiple

Data Permissions: Free resource available to the public for download or viewing online.

Last Updated: 2018

Transit Corridor Livability Calculator

This calculator is designed to numerically describe the livability characteristics of an individual transit corridor. After inputting the necessary corridor area’s census block group identifiers, metric scores and livability performance are calculated.

Link: http://www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/174953.aspx

Author: The Handbook for Building Livable Transit Corridors

Category: Transportation, Equity, Housing, Economy

Geographic Scope:  N/A

GIS Integration: No

Tool Outputs: Livability Performance Summary

Skill Level: Low-Medium

Data Level: Multiple

Data Permissions: N/A

Last Updated: N/A

Total Driving Costs

Gas costs are only a fraction of total driving costs. The majority of costs are due to owning and maintaining cars.

Enter a location and discover the costs of where you live now, or where you might want to live. This tool measures the costs of getting around for an average household from your region living in your neighborhood. It includes car ownership and car use. With this information, you can measure the true cost of where you live.

Link: https://htaindex.cnt.org/total-driving-costs/

Author: Center for Neighborhood Technology

Category: Transportation

Geographic Scope:  National

GIS Integration: Yes

Tool Outputs: Maps, Statistics, Regional and National Comparisons

Skill Level: Low

Data Level: Census block group, Census tract, Census-defined place, county, Core Based Statistical Area (CBSA), Metropolitan Planning Organization, or US House District.

Data Permissions: Free resource available to the public for download or viewing online.

Last Updated: 2017

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