A. Final Proposal Topic, Description and Functionalities

How safe is LA? New IT firm to re-present the city’s safety in a new light

We are pleased to announce Home.Land.Security., a new IT firm specializing in mapping the safety of San Francisco’s communities for the city’s most vulnerable people.

In February of this year, Trayvon Martin, a 16-year-old African American was shot and killed by George Zimmerman as he walked to his girlfriend’s house in Sanford, Florida. The killing, which appears to have been racially motivated, has triggered anger and sadness nationwide. It has also sparked controversy and attention to the safety of Black and Latino teenagers—especially after talk show host Geraldo Rivera suggested that Trayvon’s death was due to his wardrobe choice (a hooded sweatshirt) rather than his racist attacker. This project is a response to incidents like Trayvon’s death, and seeks to bring to light the larger systemic forces that make neighborhoods unsafe and unhealthy.

In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the interrelationships between health, safety, and the built environment and the dire need to create safer spaces. Public health professionals have begun to think more holistically about health, questioning the social and spatial determinants of wellbeing. Planners too are thinking beyond their traditional domain, questioning how streets, housing, neighborhoods and cities may affect the health of their residents.

We believe that this growing attention to creating safe and healthy spaces is a positive development, but that it does not go far enough. It has failed to address the acute threats to the safety of queers, immigrants, people of color, women, low-income people, the homeless, people with disabilities, and other communities.

Home.Land.Security. seeks to fill this gap by visually representing unsafe, threatening and harmful spaces as experienced by the most vulnerable.

FUNCTIONALITIES (Note some of these features were added after the blog post deadline):

  1. Search Bar: The user can navigate the map by typing in an address or zip code.
  2. Officer Involved Shootings: The user will be able to toggle an officer involved shooting layer from 2000-2011, which will appear color coded by year. Each icon will have an info window that contains a description of the incident.
  3. Neighborhood Characterization: We compiled a layer of attributes including sums of demographics, crime counts and officer involved shooting counts to provide a characterization of each neighborhood. When the user clicks on a neighborhood (or searches for a neighborhood), a series of charts will pop up in the accordion style menu to show potential demographic and crime correlations with officer involved shootings

B. Updated Wireframe diagram


C. Current Development Status

  1. Here is the full site.
  2. In ArcMap we created an mxd layer with sums of demographic, crime and officer involved shooting data for each neighborhood in San Francisco, in preparation for making charts, using Google Charts API. We authored the layer in ArcGIS server and published the layer on our map
  3. We are cleaning up our code, removing the google places API and crimespotting API. We merged all of the OIS layers by year into one layer.
  4. We are adding a search bar for the user to search by location and modified the colors and layout of the site
  5. We began making demographic/crime statistics charts for each of the neighborhoods.

G. Challenges Issues

  • Making each neighborhood un-highlight whenever we click on another one
  • Formatting and presenting chart data
  • Presenting the most intuitive way to organize the buttons on the sidebar for our layers
  • Spiffing up the design
  • Figuring out why only 100-200 crimes show up from the crimespotting API when there should be 23,000

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