Neighborhood Indicators: Taking Advantage of the New Potential

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Neighborhood Indicators: Taking Advantage of the New Potential

August 23, 2011

Abstract

This paper is an early assessment of the six original partners in the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership. It first notes the technical and institutional advances that have made computer-based neighborhood indicators systems feasible. Second, it reviews the range of potential uses of such systems, illustrated by a few examples. Finally, it presents ten lessons the author draws from experience with neighborhood indicators systems-lessons offered as guides to planners and other local leaders that are interested in a data intermediary in their own cities.

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