Data can empower Community Boards, by supporting analysis required for initiating long-term plans and projects in the community, for local improvement.
There are many examples of past and existing initiatives, for which simple data and mapping tools in the hands of board members and the public could be useful. For example:
- 197-a and other plans, like Brooklyn Community Board 7’s plan for Sunset Park, and Manhattan Community Board 10’s historic preservation plan.
- surveys and databases, like Bronx Community Board 7’s economic development survey, and Brooklyn Community Board 16’s business survey and beautification project.
- street safety initiatives, like Manhattan Community Board 3’s Delancey Street task force, which assisted a DOT safety study.
Here are some examples of tools that can assist Boards in collecting data for long-term projects and initiatives.