At mySidewalk, we know that old habits can be hard to break, especially when it comes to innovating in your field and trying new things. In this article, we break down the phenomenon we like to call “Data Disposophobia”--the inability to let go of data we don’t need in order to focus on the data that will make the most compelling story.
We were honored to recently be included in the Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs Association 2-day consortium bringing the area’s top minds in fire to discuss the latest advancements in leadership practices, operations management, and data-driven decision making. We learned that the Fire Chiefs are not only fighting fires, but fighting time. See how they are doing both in our blog.
Building permit data can reveal a lot about a city or community. Places with fast-growing economies tend to have a higher demand for construction. Overall, building permits—particularly those that are residential—are extremely useful in estimating (and even projecting) city growth and change, including student growth rates, job counts, population growth, and overall economic well being. For these reasons, mySidewalk recently added building permit data to the tool. Now you can gather this data for your own city—and use it to find places of high growth as well as places that could use an economic boost.