Map of the Day: What Streets Have Been Repaved So Far This Year?
Detail of resurfaced streets in Sherman Oaks. Zoom out to see the full district | View this map in a larger format
If you live in L.A.'s Council District 2 (we don't), you're in luck. The recently elected City Councilmember Paul Krekorian today released two useful Google maps for residents. One of them focuses on one of constituent's top complaints: street resurfacing.
The 12.07 miles resurfaced--that's 74 separate projects--within the district are marked on the map, color coded to the funding source (Gas Tax, Prop C and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act).
"These maps are part of our innovative approach to government that will not be limited to simply creating maps," explained Krekorian's spokesman Jeremy Oberstein (Transparency Note: Oberstein occasionally writes for LAist as a volunteer contributing to Arts & Events). "Councilmember Krekorian believes that government should be accessible to everyone, which is why we will be creating many more maps for the district and will be unveiling our new website in the coming weeks - of which a portion will be dedicated solely to maps everyone can use."
This is a simple idea, but one that's much needed. Residents in other parts of the city should demand this sort of transparency for their neighborhoods (we'll be bugging Paul Koretz, that's for sure). The unfortunate thing is that Krekorian's staff are the ones creating these while this data should be provided to the public (and council offices) through the city's in-house technology agency.
In San Fransicso, a pilot project called DataSF aims to "liberate city data." This enables residents and private companies to access public data and affords the opportunity to create commerce via web publications such as mobile phone apps. In New York City, a city sponsored data-driven contest yielded an iPhone app that identifies and educates the public on street trees. Tree Near You uses GPS to find your location and marks what tree is what with photo examples.
Krekorian also released a general emergency map that shows where sandbags can be picked up. It can be seen below:
View CD 2 Emergency Map in a larger map