NEIGHBORHOOd & CITY RESEARCH
This page consists of three sections: Maps & Data Visualizations, Historical Research, and News. Click here to return to the Links page.
Mapping America: Every City, Every Block. NYT. 2005-9 US Census Bureau: American Community Survey
This series of maps visualizes data on income, race and ethnicity, housing and families, and education for communities across the country. The data was gathered between 2005 and 2009 by the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. Type in the zip code of your neighborhood and explore the data.
Visualizing a Changing Region, Block by Block. CUNY Center for Urban. 2010.
This map visualizes the racial and ethic demographic changes in several major American cities, block by block. Maps for the years 2000 and 2010 are displayed side by side. The link above leads directly to a map of Philadelphia. Zoom in or type in a street address to find the neighborhood you're looking for.
Septa Official Transport and Street Map (2013) SEPTA.
This map, produced by SEPTA, displays all of the train, trolley, and subway routes in the city. Zoom in to find the neighborhood that you're searching for.
Philadelphia Bicycle Map (2012) City of Philadelphia.
This map provides a look at all of the official bike routes in Philadelphia. In conjunction with the public transportation map, this may help provide a look at your neighborhood's access to alternate modes of transportation.
AXIS Philly's Map Library.
AXIS Philly has created a number of maps visualizing everything from increase in property tax to crime rates over time. We've listed a few below. (This site may be relocated some time soon due to a change in AXIS Philly's funding. Please notify us here if the link does not work.)
• Change in Crime, by Neighborhood (2012)
• Tax Delinquent Properties (Oct 2013)
• Property Tax Changes (Feb 2013)
West Philadelphia Community History Center.
This site chronicles the various experiences of recent history in West Philadelphia.
This site was created by Dr. Walter Palmer of the University of Pennsylvania and his students. It chronicles the histories of neighborhoods all over the city and city-wide patterns of displacement. To find the neighborhood you're looking for, navigate the side bar.
West Philly Local.
West Philly Local is an online news organization that reports on events in West Philadelphia. Whether you're researching or you live in West Philly, this is a rich source of local news.
City Paper is a free newspaper that covers events city-wide. It often features pieces on city education and social justice issues.
Philadelphia Public School Notebook.
The Notebook is an online and print news organization that reports on education issue city-wide.
Wikipedia: Philadelphia Media Outlets.
This is a list of Philadelphia media outlets compiled by Wikipedia contributors.
Dan Denvir is a local reporter that
writes on social justice issues city-wide.