Here are some interesting recent stories about maps and data in the Houston area. I hope to make this a monthly roundup post covering areas of public interest, like crime, transportation, real estate, and population health. If you have a good project to share, please let me know!
Houston Bike Share Crowdsourcing New Locations
The Houston Bike Share program is expanding. They’re adding 71 new B-Cycle stations around the city, and they are crowdsourcing where to put them. You can weigh in here. Alongside this expansion, the City of Houston should redouble its efforts to make the city safer for cyclists. After all, if we’re encouraging people to bike around, we should at least make progress on reducing bicycle deaths.
Data Show Metro New Bus Network Working
METRO local network ridership, this year compared to last. It looks like the New Bus Network is working… pic.twitter.com/2sMI6NH5rw
— Christof Spieler (@christofspieler) January 5, 2016
Christof Spieler, the guy behind the data-driven approach to METRO’s new bus network, posted that weekly local (bus+rail) ridership in November 2015 is up almost 10% from the same time last year. The change is generally well received, though not without legitimate criticism. Hopefully we’ll continue to see data updates from this program as it continues.
Story Behind Assembling an Open Carry Dataset
Houstonia Magazine has a great story about a couple of curious foodies who assembled a dataset of every restaurant’s stance on open carry. Regardless of your politics, it’s a great example of citizens seeking information after a significant policy change. Read the article here. Check out the data here.
The Shortlist: Other Links
- What Houston restaurants have the most health inspection violations? (Houston Chronicle)
- Where will Houston gentrification happen next? (Houston Chronicle)
- Send your thoughts to the US Army about the Grand Parkway. (Swamplot)
- Mayor Turner’s pothole pledge is some data magician kind of stuff (Houston Chronicle)
- Houston consumer spending data offers insight to the local economy (January Advisors, source)
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