Public data should be available to the communities and individuals it describes, but often it Is hidden from view, difficult to unpack or comprehend outside its context. The People's Data helps democratize public information by making it relatable, recognizable and engaging.
New York City has a history of planning that prioritized capital over communities in need. Lower income communities and communities of color have been marginalized for decades leaving them to face compounding inequities.
By overlaying public data mapped for New York City, we see can identify the select neighborhoods facing this inequity and start the important dialogues necessary to counter this history.
Click below to hear the stories from the People's Fellows and explore different maps of NYC
Mapping can expose how historic policy decisions marginalized specific communities and continue to negatively impacts these citizens.
Here data maps of Covid-19 deaths (orange), housing insecurity (yellow), environmental access (green), household crowding (blue), and the unvaccinated (purple) reveal the correlation of those experiencing discriminatory policy and the current pandemic.
Narration: TheYouth Fellows used their voices and stories to give individual context to community experience.
For many communities, data is a tool of marginalization rather than governance. Statistics are often used to blame communities for the problems they face, rather than understand the issues impacting local opportunity.
Racial inequity has been engrained in NYC's planning practices for years in the form of REDLINING, which imposed and then reinforced neighborhood and racial hierarchies.
In the 1930's, a federal agency, the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation, created “Residential Security” maps of major American cities. These maps document how loan officers, appraisers and real estate professionals evaluated mortgage lending risk. Neighborhoods considered high risk or “Hazardous” were often “redlined” by lending institutions, denying them access to capital investment which could improve the housing and economic opportunity of residents.'
Redlining reinforced the segregated structure of US cities. It pushed diverse communities into neighborhoods which continue to experience systematic disinvestment and inadequate resource allocation to this day
The People's Data shows how communities which were once redlined continue to be disproportionately and negatively impacted, especially by major events like the pandemic.
The above data interface allows you, the viewer, to dig deeper into individual neighborhoods and gain a deeper understanding of COVID-19's diverse impact on individuals and communities across NYC.
Special thanks to Align 1st for co-creation of our interactive data tool.
Articles from our partners on the various ways that covid impacted different communities and the correlations between socio-demographic and economic characteristics and COVID-19 illness and mortality rates.
Read more from our partners soon.