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Mapping Houston's Capital Improvement Projects By Location and Budget

By Jeff Reichman / June 26, 2016

Every year, the City of Houston goes through a capital planning process where they allocate about $8 billion over five years. I wanted to know where these projects are, and how much we’re spending on them. I became curious about this process after last year’s discussion about equitable distribution. So I extracted a bunch of data from the…

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How Houston (and Texas) Can Improve Broadband Competition

By Jeff Reichman / January 8, 2018

Last week, I published an article outlining what the City of Houston can do to promote broadband competition. I was responding to a group of citizens who came to Houston’s city council public comment session and asked our elected officials to do something about net neutrality. While the City of Houston can’t do much about…

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Minimum Lot Size in Houston: Maps to Protect Your Block

By Jeff Reichman / January 14, 2018

A few weeks ago, I attended a civic club meeting where we talked about minimum lot size restrictions. Many of my neighbors were concerned about townhouse developments in the neighborhood, and the City of Houston Planning Department was on hand to teach us how to apply for minimum lot size protection. Minimum lot size restrictions…

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Evictions in Houston After Harvey

By Jeff Reichman / May 16, 2018

Immediately after Hurricane Harvey, everyone in Houston figured that evictions were going to be a problem. There was a lot of media coverage about evictions of vulnerable populations, including some heart-wrenching stories about low income tenants and elderly residents of a Harris County subsidized living facility. The Mayor of Houston pushed back, asking private landlords…

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Automatic Data Screening for Collaborative for Children

By Niha Pereira / June 5, 2018

Investing in quality early childcare is a powerful economic development strategy that directly affects the quality and productivity of our future workforce. The long-term benefits of investing in quality early child care programs, like Texas Rising Stars, far exceeds the yield of return on most public projects that are considered economic development. -Karla Cisneros, Houston…

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Top Five Books to Boost Deep Understanding of Data Visualization

By Neeraj Tandon / September 21, 2018

I’m often asked about book recommendations for folks getting started in data visualization. A lot of excellent resources can be found online, and I list a few below, but there are a handful of physical books on my shelf that have built a foundation for the way I visually communicate and interpret data. Advice to…

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The decline of low level marijuana cases in Harris County

By Jeff Reichman / September 30, 2018

Last year, we partnered with the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition to develop the first version of the TCJC Dashboard. Since then, we’ve been working behind the scenes to push the limits of what we can learn from these data. Thanks to generous funding from Microsoft, we developed a new version of the dashboard and a…

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Introduction to the Air Alliance API

By Niha Pereira / November 1, 2018

The State of Texas collects a lot of important data about our environment. The Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is the state agency in charge of measuring and regulating pollutants. The scientific data that they collect tell us a lot about the environment, but it’s difficult to access. We collaborated with Air Alliance Houston…

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Three Hurricane Harvey Maps: Damage, Response, and Debris

By Jeff Reichman / December 15, 2017

This is the story of how we helped the City of Houston visualize and communicate the impact of Hurricane Harvey. You may have already seen these maps on Harvey by the Numbers. This isn’t a story about designing the maps and choosing the colors (although that was a lot of fun). This is a story…

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Where Barbershops Are Disappearing

By Jeff Reichman / August 14, 2016

I read an excellent article on Gray Matters in the Houston Chronicle called Why Barbershops Are Disappearing. The article points out that, culturally speaking, the barbershop is more than just a place to get a haircut. It’s a place where “men spend time with other men.” There are differences between barbershops that cut along racial…

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