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

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

Station Area TOD Readiness Tool

The TOD readiness tool evaluates the degree to which an existing or potential transit station area is “ready” for TOD.  The tool is an assessment of 20 measures, relating to policy, market, physical, and social measures, that reflect the full spectrum of TOD interests

Link: https://planfortransit.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Station-Area-TOD-Readiness-Tool.xlsx

Author: Florida Department of Transportation-District 4

Category: Land Use, Transportation, Housing, Equity, Policy

Geographic Scope:  Florida

GIS Integration: No

Tool Outputs: Summary Sheet and Graphs

Skill Level: Medium

Data Level: Census Block Group

Data Permissions: N/A

Last Updated: May 2016

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

One Dollar Lots

The ONE DOLLAR LOTS project by 596 Acres is an archive of these $1 lot sales. It is also a place for organizers and local residents to get information about pending sales that may disrupt their communities and to imagine better uses for cheap public land. 90 lots are still pending final sale.

Link: http://onedollarlots.org/

Author: 596 Acres

Category: Environment, Equity, Land Use, Sustainability

Geographic Scope:  New York City

GIS Integration: No

Tool Outputs: Online-Map

Skill Level: Low

Data Level: Parcel

Data Permissions: Not available for direct download

Last Updated: 2018

NY Commons

NYCommons.org helps New Yorkers impact decisions about public land and buildings in their neighborhoods. The tool provides details for several properties, including pending developments, vacant lots/gardens, etc.

Link: https://nycommons.org

Author: Common Cause/NY, the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center, and 596 Acres, Inc.

Category: Equity, Sustainability, Land Use

Geographic Scope:  New York

GIS Integration: No

Tool Outputs: Maps, Spreadsheet Downloads,

Skill Level: Low

Data Level: Parcel

Data Permissions: Free source available for download

Last Updated: 2018

Long Island Index

The map displays Long Island’s latest land use patterns on a property-by-property basis, small-area population and housing statistics from the Census Bureau, a district-by-district analysis of educational data, special service provider districts, water monitoring sites, transportation routes, current satellite imagery, and more. Gathering information from federal, state, county, business, & academic resources, the mapping tools allow you to choose which data elements you want to see in relation to each other.

Link: http://www.longislandindexmaps.org/

Author: Rauch Foundation

Category:  Demographics, Transportation, Education, Housing, Land Use, Environment

Geographic Scope:  Long Island Region

GIS Integration: No

Tool Outputs: Maps, Location Reports

Skill Level: Low

Data Level: Towns/Cities, Villages, Districts

Data Permissions: Where possible, a link is provided to the data to access data.

Last Updated: April 2017

eTOD Social Impact Calculator

The Calculator reveals the benefits of affordable housing near transit to help developers select better sites, design unit mix, and educate the public and decision makers. The Calculator provides a broad swath of data important to developers, households, neighborhoods, and communities. This data includes parking, jobs, public transportation, greenhouse gas emissions, building purchasing power, and bike sharing.

Link: https://etod.cnt.org/

Author: Center for Neighborhood Technology

Category: Environment, Transportation, Mobility, Land Use, Equity, Economy, Housing

Geographic Scope:  Chicago

GIS Integration: No

Tool Outputs: Maps

Skill Level: Low

Data Level: Land Bank Parcels, Qualified Census Tracts, TIF Districts, New Market Tax Credits Designated Area

Data Permissions: Not available for direct download.

Last Updated: 2018

Envision Tomorrow

Envision Tomorrow (ET) is an open-access scenario planning package that allows users to analyze how their community’s current growth pattern and future decisions impacting growth will impact a range of measures from public health, fiscal resiliency and environmental sustainability. The suite of planning tools includes analysis tools and scenario design tools.  The analysis tools allow users to analyze aspects of their current community using commonly accessible GIS data, such as tax assessor parcel data and Census data. The scenario painting tool allows users to “paint” alternative future development scenarios on the landscape, and compare scenario outcomes in real time.

Link: http://envisiontomorrow.org/

Author: Fregonese Associates and Metropolitan Research Center (MRC)

Category: Health, Sustainability, Economy, Land Use

Geographic Scope:  National

GIS Integration: Yes

Tool Outputs: Scenarios

Skill Level: High

Data Permissions: Open source

Last Updated: 2017

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