(PITTSBURGH) January 31, 2012 – Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the Department of City Planning has launched a new and improved version of PGHSNAP, which now includes new data and a redesigned, user-friendly website - pghsnap.com. PGHSNAP is an online, interactive neighborhood data and map resource that significantly improves access to statistics and maps for Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods. PGHSNAP is a dynamic planning tool that can assist community stakeholders in determining where future investment is necessary.
“PGHSNAP has proven to be a valuable data resource for community members since it was launched in 2010,” said Ravenstahl. “There are numerous benefits of offering this new, cost-effective technology to the public - community groups can easily acquire the necessary information when applying for grant funding, realtors are able to help potential new residents learn what neighborhood is right for them, and organizations like the Urban Redevelopment Authority are able to identify which neighborhoods are in need of additional investment.”
Originally launched in February of 2010, the latest version launched today contains a great deal of new or updated information. Updated data comes from sources such as the 2010 U.S. Census, Claritas, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and various other public agencies. Also included are neighborhood rankings and top ten lists with topics such as: “Most Owner-Occupied Homes,” “Most College Graduates,” and “Most Carbon-neutral Commuters.”
Updated categories include:
- Built environment conditions
- Transportation networks
- Social and housing vitality indicators
- Public services
- Open space
- Public assets
The newly redesigned PGHSNAP website has a new map feature on its homepage that allows for users to get a quick summary of Census demographics by City neighborhood—cutting the time required for gathering such information to just a few seconds. Also, users will be able to download raw demographic and other City data for their own use.
“PGHSNAP helps the East Liberty Development, Inc. tell the story of change in our neighborhood with data assembled in a way that is easy to use and access,” said Maelene Myers, executive director, ELDI. “The Department of City Planning has done a great job in providing a resource for community-based organizations, but also for the many stakeholders we all serve.”
PGHSNAP was produced in-house by the Department of City Planning staff and was made possibly due to a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). In 2010, PGHSNAP was the recipient of a planning best practice award from the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Planning Association and an honor award in analysis and planning from the American Society of Landscape Architects.