The project just launched yesterday, as reported by Bedford + Bowery, is the result of a year's worth of hard work by nonprofit Measure of America, inspired by the statistics-based approach of the United Nations Human Development Reports. “Our overall goal is to breathe life into numbers so that others will be able to improve the well being of New Yorkers and reduce inequality,” Sarah Burd-Sharps, one of the site's creators, told the blog.
Data 2 Go lets users browse neighborhood-by-neighborhood data on a huge number of factors including school enrollment, food systems, median income, housing prices, foreclosures, rent burden, air quality, commute, and more. (Be warned: it's all too easy to lose an entire afternoon playing around with this.) Once you click on a specific neighborhood within the map, you'll be shown a drill-down of more granular statistics for the area.
Oh, and just in time for elections? You can see how many of your neighborhoods are registered to vote, and what percentage are Democrats versus Republicans. Prepare to have your assumptions confirmed or, yes, upended.
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