Jeff Reichman

Mapping Low Level Marijuana Arrests

By Jeff Reichman / September 1, 2016 / Comments Off on Mapping Low Level Marijuana Arrests

Update: February 20, 2017 Beginning March 1, 2017 marijuana will be effectively decriminalized in Harris County. The DA estimates this will save $25 million a year. Congratulations to DA Kim Ogg, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, and everyone involved in this swift policy change. Back in February 2016, Texas Lyceum published the results of a survey that…

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Finding your Houston civic club

By Jeff Reichman / September 15, 2016 / Comments Off on Finding your Houston civic club

There are over 200 civic clubs in the City of Houston. They have fancy names, like Timbergrove Manor and University Oaks. Some of them even have websites. But what do they actually do, and why should you get involved? What are civic clubs? Civic clubs are the most immediate, neighborhood-level form of public sector engagement.…

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Houston Maps and Data – October 2016

By Jeff Reichman / October 5, 2016 / Comments Off on Houston Maps and Data – October 2016

It’s been a few months since I’ve posted a roundup of Houston-focused maps and data projects. There have been some really great stories while I’ve been gone. Here are some of my favorites: Find chemical storage facilities in your neighborhood We have very little idea of where dangerous chemicals are stored throughout Houston. This was clear in…

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Map of Bills Filed by Texas House and Senate Members

By Jeff Reichman / November 20, 2016 / 1 Comment

Updated May 29, 2017. Last week, the Texas Legislature published bills filed by our newly elected House and Senate members. The Texas Legislature only meets for six months every two years. These bills are the raw materials for potential new state laws. You can browse the publicly available data here. I wanted to get a better…

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map of fireworks in unincorporated harris county

Map of (Potentially Legal) Areas to Light Fireworks in the Houston Area

By Jeff Reichman / December 25, 2016 / Comments Off on Map of (Potentially Legal) Areas to Light Fireworks in the Houston Area

Fireworks can be a lot of fun, but the rules surrounding them can be confusing. The City of Houston uses its authority under the fire code to enforce a citywide fireworks ban, which means, for the most part, it’s illegal to set off fireworks around here. That might be a bummer for some people, but…

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Building a Data Dashboard for the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition

By Jeff Reichman / March 22, 2017 / Comments Off on Building a Data Dashboard for the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition

The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition advances solutions to build healthy, safe communities across Texas. Access to meaningful data is critical to informing the development of policies that will improve public safety and restore community trust in law enforcement. We’re thrilled to share this incredible resource with those who want to learn more about the criminal…

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Children at Risk school quality rating overlaid with median household income

Building a Research Map for Early Matters

By Jeff Reichman / May 15, 2017 / Comments Off on Building a Research Map for Early Matters

This is a post about how we built an early childhood education research map prototype for two Houston-based education advocacy groups and a coalition of 70+ partners. This is the end of the first phase of development. Check it out here. Quality early education increases school readiness, contributes to better student academic outcomes, and increases high…

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Houston Startups: 2013 Year in Review

By Jeff Reichman / December 24, 2013 / Comments Off on Houston Startups: 2013 Year in Review

I’ve been working in the Houston startup community since 2009, and one thing is clear: we’re growing like crazy. In a twelve-month period between 2011-2012, the City of Houston added more than 34,000 new residents, second only to New York City. But that’s just a drop in the bucket compared to what’s coming. The Greater…

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City of Houston Launches Performance Improvement Portal with Open Data

By Jeff Reichman / February 4, 2014 / Comments Off on City of Houston Launches Performance Improvement Portal with Open Data

Today, Mayor Parker announced the launch of the Performance Improvement Portal, a City website that provides insight into how the City measures its departments and responds to citizen requests.  The website also promotes open data and civic innovation projects (think hackathons, writeathons, and community challenges). We were really excited to work with the City on…

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The Story Behind the Houston Writeathon

By Jeff Reichman / March 4, 2014 / Comments Off on The Story Behind the Houston Writeathon

Back in October, I was in San Francisco for the Code for America summit. It was an inspiring trip, with civic hackers from around the world converging to share stories about technology and community development. Of course, the best stories travel over beers.  That’s exactly how Rebekah Monson told me about the writeathon she organized in Miami.…

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