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Overlapping Police Departments of Allegheny County

1 Dec


“Did you know that there are over one hundred police departments in Allegheny County alone?” – David Harris

This map highlights yet another difficulty in policing in the region – overlapping police departments. That means that officers within the same jurisdiction will have completely different training. In the City, this most recently became infamous when Port Authority Police Officer Brian O’Malley shot and killed Bruce Kelly Jr. To add to this complexity, only City of Pittsburgh police are beholden to the Citizen Police Review Board, even if another department has City jurisdiction.

Check out the full article.


Mapping inequality – Redlining in New Deal America

2 Nov


Fantastic! Fascinating! Sad! Enlightening!

This has been making the rounds on the internet, but it’s definitely worth digging in to. This is bigly important in understanding institutional racism, classism, and xenophobia.

I’ll just let the creators of the map and website explain:

Mapping Inequality updates the study of New Deal America, the federal government, housing, and inequality for the twenty-first century. It offers unprecedented online access to the national collection of “security maps” and area descriptions produced between 1935 and 1940 by one of the New Deal’s most important agencies, the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation or HOLC (pronounced “holk”).

HOLC recruited mortgage lenders, developers, and real estate appraisers in nearly 250 cities to create maps that color-coded credit worthiness and risk on neighborhood and metropolitan levels. These maps and their accompanying documentation helped set the rules for nearly a century of real estate practice…

Through offering a digital library of the state’s role in housing development, Mapping Inequality illustrates vividly the interplay between racism, administrative culture, economics, and the built environment.

Check out Pittsburgh’s map here

Where’s Bill? Interactive Map of the Mayor’s day

18 Jan


Our new Mayor, Bill Peduto, is priding himself on transparency and open government.  So much so, that he’s making his daily schedule available to the public. The Post-Gazette and their brilliant staff took it one step further and created a map that imports his calendar and tracks where the Mayor travels throughout the City.  Can’t wait to see what this looks like in a year.

Click here to check it out.

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