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

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

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

The Data Center

The Data Center brings data together from multiple sources, analyzing data at a 360–degree look regarding regional issues from the government, business, nonprofit, and community perspective. In these ways, The Data Center realizes its mission to build prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable communities by making informed decisions possible.

Link: https://www.datacenterresearch.org

Author: The Data Center

Category: Demographics, Economics, Education, Equity, Housing, Resilience, Mobility, Safety, Transportation

Geographic Scope:  Southeast Louisiana

GIS Integration: Yes

Tool Outputs: Datasets, Reports, Maps

Skill Level: Low-Medium

Data Level: Multiple, e.g. Census Tract, Census Block Group, Neighborhood Statistical Areas

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

Last Updated: 2018

Surging Seas Risk Zone Map

Climate Central’s Surging Seas: Risk Zone map shows areas vulnerable to near-term flooding from different combinations of sea level rise, storm surge, tides, and tsunamis, or to permanent submersion by long-term sea level rise. The tool enables exploration of inundation ​risk ​up to 30 meters across the world’s coastlines as well as local sea level rise projections at over 1,000 tide gauges on 6 continents.

Link: https://ss2.climatecentral.org/#12/40.7298/-74.0070?show=satellite&projections=0-K14_RCP85-SLR&level=5&unit=feet&pois=hide

Author: Climate Central

Category: Demographics, Equity, Resiliency, Climate, Sustainability

Geographic Scope: Available for global coastal cities

GIS Integration: Yes

Tool Outputs: Projections, Map Images, downloadable data

Skill Level: Low-Medium

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

Last Updated: July 2016

Surging Seas Risk Finder

Climate Central’s Surging Seas Risk Finder is a searchable web tool designed to provide citizens, communities and policymakers in the U.S. with the tailored local information they need to understand and respond to the risks of sea level rise and coastal flooding in their own neighborhoods. The interactive toolkit includes maps, local sea level and flood risk projections, and potential impacts for population, land, and, depending upon location, other variables.

Link: https://riskfinder.climatecentral.org/

Author: Climate Central

Category: Demographics, Economic, Environment, Infrastructure, Resiliency, Sustainability

Geographic Scope:  Available for the entire contiguous coastal U.S.

GIS Integration: Yes

Tool Outputs: Maps, Spreadsheets, Slideshow-ready tables & graphs, fact sheets, area comparisons, local sea level & flood risk projections

Skill Level: Low-Medium

Data Level: Multiple: NOAA, USGS, FEMA, DOT, DOE, DOI, EPA, FCC and the Census.

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

Last Updated: 2016

Statistical Atlas

StatisticalAtlas.com provides in-depth statistical data and analysis for all of the US. The tool provides high-level overviews for the entire country all the way down to the individual block. The site is heavily cross-linked for convenient click-and-scroll navigation.

Link: https://statisticalatlas.com/United-States/Overview

Author: Cedar Lake Ventures, Inc

Category: Demographics, Economy, Education, Equity

Geographic Scope:  National

GIS Integration: No

Tool Outputs: Maps, Statistics

Skill Level: Low-Medium

Data Level: Neighborhoods, Zip Codes, Districts, Census Tracts, Census Block Groups

Data Permissions: Data not available for direct download

Last Updated: 2015

Smart Growth Livability Calculator

The online Smart Growth & Livability Calculator prototype is designed to help practitioners and researchers meet a variety of planning and design challenges related to corridors, station areas, and complete streets, climate action planning and providing affordable housing near transit in support of active and sustainable travel. This Smart Growth & Livability Calculator builds on work developing The Handbook for Building Livable Transit Corridors and the associated Livability Calculator, sponsored by the National Academies of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board.

Link: http://smartgrowthcalculator.herokuapp.com/index.html

Author: Bruce Appleyard, San Diego State University, et. al.

Category: Demographics, Transportation, Sustainability, Mobility, Economy, Equity, Housing, Land Use

Geographic Scope:  Regional

GIS Integration: No

Tool Outputs: Online Maps, Statistic Readouts

Skill Level: Low

Data-Level: Census Block Groups

Data Permissions: Not available for direct download

Last Updated: N/A

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