Re: [openny] "Free MapPluto Now!" -- why?

From: fkh
Sent on: Thursday, April 4, 2013 11:30 AM


On Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 11:24 AM, Ben Sacks <[address removed]> wrote:
Two databases by the University Neighborhood Housing Program in the Bronx that are sold to nonprofits and researchers across the city rely on this data and pay a hefty fee for it as it is. Subscriptions would undoubtedly be chapter. Their work identifies distressed properties and works with city agencies and the banks that hold the mortgages to strategize improvement.

Also, incentivizing professionalism within the real estate industry through stablerenters.com, would be infinitesimally easier and more accurate with free MapPluto data.

Ben

On Apr 4, 2013, at 11:14 AM, Liz <[address removed]> wrote:

one great project already in existence needs data like this: 


On Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 11:12 AM, fkh <[address removed]> wrote:
Let's assemble a list of great projects that will be possible with free PLUTO. What great opportunities are being blocked by this data being closed?

And yes, I know that there are myriad future benefits of open land use that we can't possibly imagine yet, but let's think of some specifics for right now. 

Here's one: 

Organizing residents along my block to work on vacant storefronts on Rogers Ave in Brooklyn. Land use data would help me make useful maps and understand more about the properties that are empty. I could post those maps on the storefronts, and hand them out at the neighboring businesses.

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