City Paper, PlanPhilly, Technically Philly launch interactive RDA vacant property explorer

Today, City Paper has an issue full stories about Philadelphia’s vacant land, which the publication calls, arguably the city’s “biggest problem, and also our biggest opportunity,” News Editor Isaiah Thompson writes. The series was completed in partnership with PlanPhilly and well, Technically Philly, which we’re proud to report this afternoon. Our part? Helping the paper […]


Today, City Paper has an issue full stories about Philadelphia’s vacant land, which the publication calls, arguably the city’s “biggest problem, and also our biggest opportunity,” News Editor Isaiah Thompson writes.
The series was completed in partnership with PlanPhilly and well, Technically Philly, which we’re proud to report this afternoon. Our part? Helping the paper convene data and create an interactive property explorer that, interestingly enough, shows properties sold by the city’s Redevelopment Authority that remain vacant today. The raw data used to create the map are also available there.
The full series completed by City Paper is available here.
Hats off to Tim Wisniewski, who created the application (and put up with our meddling). Wisniewski has been tied closely to Philly’s hacker scene of late, after coordinating on several Open Data Philly hackathons that we’ve hosted. Be sure to check out his other big property data project, the OPA Data Liberator, recently rebranded as phillyaddress.com.

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