Digital maps are so hot right now. Seriously, you can do anything with them. Our recent slew of locally crowd-sourced guides will help you identify everything form Philly’s shittiest neighbors to the location of all our security cameras (so you that you can commit a heinous crime with impunity, of course). This latest map comes from from PlanPhilly, and it’s sort of a blend between the two.
It’ called License to Inspect and it provides users with detailed information from Philly’s infamous Department of Licenses and Inspections… once it finally loads the startling amount of permit violations in your neighborhood. PlanPhilly was able to build the cyber web tool with the help of Azavea, a local GIS company (Geographical Information Systems), with funding by the William Penn Foundation.
Its use will likely be widespread; nosey neighbors can check the latest status of your building inspection, and reporters can also ensure that large scale construction projects have all their necessary permits. During a trial run for instance, I can see that L&I is at least aware of the crumbling house behind my street, and I now know that whoever owns the thing that was once a building is, in fact, in violation.
So, once you’ve verified that your neighbor’s stockpile of rotting porn and raccoon carcasses is a tried and true violation, head over to Councilman Bobby Hennon’s “Bad Neighbors Map” and ensure the world is aware of his/her innate shittiness. Then, if you’re feeling particularly crafty, check another map to see if he has security cameras and take care of the problem yourself.