Community Boards assess their community’s needs and make recommendations for the City’s budget and District Needs Statement. Data and mapping tools can assist Community Boards in gaining an overall understanding of existing conditions and needs. Today, this information is usually gathered by walking the streets.
For example, Manhattan Community Board 2 reviewed and mapped accessibility conditions in Greenwich Village; Brooklyn Community Board 3’s transportation committee collects information about bus and subway stops, in order to send DOT educated requests; Brooklyn Community Board 3 also conducts simple surveys to determine budget needs. District Managers of Manhattan Community Board 10 and Bronx Community Board 7 expressed interest in mapping crime statistics.
Here are some examples of tools that can assist Boards in collecting data and mapping existing conditions.