News Archive

Links to news articles, blogs and other information related to geography, GIS and more.

Yearly Archive: 2013

  • Census Bureau Introduces New Interactive Mapping Tool along with Latest American Community Survey Statistics

    Posted: December 18, 2013

    Today, the Census Bureau launched an online tool which allows users to map social, economic, and housing characteristics at the state, county and census tract level for each US state. It features data from the 1990 and 2000 Censuses and the 2008-2012 American Community Survey. See what you can map in this press release, or check out the tool for yourself here. 

    Note: Updated 5-year ACS estimates (2008-2012) were also released today.

  • Think About Your Urban Trees Before Planting Them, Research Says

    Posted: December 6, 2013

    Several recent studies have been done to check the impact of planting trees in urban environments. We here at Syracuse Community Geography conducted this study of urban forestry efforts in Syracuse last year as well.

    This article examines multiple studies conclusions on urban forestry and tree cover, analyzing what the best and most cost efficient practices are when it comes to planting trees in an urban environment. Check it out here

  • GPS Data to be Used in Urban Planning

    Posted: December 3, 2013

    On November 29th, TomTom announced a partnership with the United Nations Human Settlements program, which will use collected GPS data to help plan urban environments to avoid traffic congestion. The data will also be used to help determine where to place basic services and improve overall mobility in growing areas. See some more details on the partnership and what the data will be used for in this press release

    TomTom also recently released its … Read more

  • Washington: A World Apart

    Posted: December 2, 2013

    This interesting long-read talks at length about median-housing income and educational attainment across the U.S. It also features an interactive map of what the author calls “Super Zip’s”, which are Zip code areas with the highest national rank in average household income and college educated residents. Read the story and check out the map here

  • Fighting the Vacant Property Plague

    Posted: November 22, 2013

    As a result of a community organization’s action in Youngstown, Ohio, a new bill has been passed which forces banks to pay $10,000 in cash bonds for foreclosed properties that remain vacant in an effort to keep property maintained and reduce neighborhood blight. Read about the organization, the bill and its impact here.

  • Participatory Budgeting in Chicago

    Posted: November 15, 2013

    In a collaborative effort, city officials and community members in Chicago’s 49th ward determine the funds spent and development projects taken on in their neighborhood together. See how their system works here


  • Small Scale Developers in Buffalo, NY

    Posted: November 14, 2013

    This recent New York Times Article explains the work of  people who have been buying vacant or abandoned land to renovate, preserve, and revitalize neighborhoods in Buffalo. Check out the full story here