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Data, People, and Water: the need for people-centered innovation in Detroit

“Orr on Wednesday said more needs to be done to differentiate the legitimate residential accounts from those connected to blighted and abandoned properties, or occupied by squatters or used as drug houses — conduct that the city doesn’t want to facilitate.” – Detroit News Following the most comprehensive survey of Detroit property to date, Motor City … Continue reading


Map of the Week: New US States by Dollar Bills

From Fast Co.Exist Theoretical physicist Dirk Brockmann was doing research on human mobility in 2005, but struggled to find good data until a friend mentioned wheresgeorge.com as a data source.  You can think of WheresGeorge.com as a primitive FourSquare for $1 bills. “Georgers”–as users call themselves–“check in” their bills by entering the zip codes and serial numbers, then write … Continue reading


Homicide, Gun Violence, and Epidemiology in Detroit

More about the above map HERE The Detroit Police Department (DPD) has been making strides to improve their operations, including: cracking down on internal corruption, adopting data-driven crime tracking, and utilizing innovative approaches for crime prevention. When Chief James Craig was hired he brought back a data-driven model of policing that tracks where crimes happen, … Continue reading

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