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Please join Comcast for a special announcement with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal regarding new jobs and a new regional headquarters.
Hope everyone had a great week. If you’re looking for a place to watch the Super Bowl with your neighbors this Sunday, we’ve pulled together EB posts from every city on where to cheer on your favorite team, or, if you don’t like football, to watch the commercials and halftime show:
Have a good weekend, and enjoy the game!
The City of Chicago has two new datasets on its open data portal: problem landlords and building code scofflaws. The Problem Landlords List identifies residential building owners repeatedly cited for failing to provide tenants with basic services and protections, such as adequate heat, hot water, and working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Those on the list have been found liable in two or more Administrative Hearing cases within a 24-month period and have three or more serious building code violations. The Building Code Scofflaw list identifies residential building owners with three or more properties that are the subject of active Circuit Court cases where the violations remain uncorrected after the second court hearing.
Check out the new datasets here: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/bldgs/supp_info/building-code-scofflaw-list.html
Next City published an article about how the city of Philadelphia is using GIS (geographic information system) software to help park workers track and check on sick trees. It’s worth a read.
In a time when parks officials are working to conserve more public land and pushing policymakers to secure conservation funds, there are still trees that need to be tended, nurseries fostered and plots mowed. Through ArcGIS technology, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation has made those tasks — the bread and butter of parks maintenance — easier.
We’ve gotten several feedback submissions from EveryBlock users in Chicago, asking us to update our ward boundaries – especially in light of the upcoming elections. For access to ward boundaries with respect to voting please visit the Board of Elections. EveryBlock will update the boundaries in concert with City of Chicago’s official transition.
Friends in the Northeast, Winter Storm Juno is upon us! Don’t just follow the news, be part of it. Now’s your chance to share what’s happening on your street and in your neighborhoods on EveryBlock.
In the meantime, we’re compiling new sources from all over the Boston and Philadelphia regions as they relate to Juno–news, alerts, notifications, and more as it surfaces.
Below is a list of what’s been added so far (with more to come). Content will start feeding in shortly, so make sure to keep checking in as the list continues to grow.
Built In Chicago released an article on Chicago’s tech year-in-review:
Chicago tech startup investment and exits surged in 2014 to what appears to be the city’s highest totals ever. In total, 155 digital tech companies raised $1.6 billion in capital, and 34 companies exited for more than $7 billion. A swell of Chicago tech investment and acquisitions come as the city is increasingly seen as one of America’s major technology hubs, and as digital technology companies are increasingly at the center of Chicago’s economic growth.
The Houston Public Library presents The Changing Face of Houston a Civic Engagement Series presentation beginning Monday, January 26, 2015 through Tuesday, September 22, 2015. This series presentation is about getting Houstonians to become involved in listening, learning and engaging in their communities. The discussions will involve deliberate, consistent and purposeful outreach to create an environment in which people from all backgrounds have a voice in the decisions and actions that affect their lives and neighborhoods. The first Civic Engagement Series will be held on Monday, January 26, 2015 from 6 PM – 8 PM at the Julia Ideson Building, 550 McKinney, 77002. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information on library locations and times for future presentations visit www.houstonlibrary.gov or call 832-393-1319.
Technically Philly has a new article out featuring Philadelphia’s Chief Data Officer, Tim Wisniewski, talking about plans to develop and integrate more open data into the city’s long term plans.
On a related note, EveryBlock Philly currently features two datasets – crime reports and 311 service requests. We look forward to seeing where the city takes its vision for open data.