By Paula on May 3, 2016
Greetings from Loveland HQ!
We've been hearing from friends and fans alike that having access to a Loveland API would be really helpful. Since there's no better place to get suggestions and feedback, we're going straight to the source.
If you or someone you know is interested in a potential Loveland API:
We want to hear how you’d like to use a Loveland API to power your projects and ideas with parcel data and shapes. If you have ideas, let us know. And if you've got any general questions, you can reach us at any time at email@example.com.
By Alex Alsup on January 30, 2016
Ari Shapiro from NPR posted a photo on Instagram with the comment: "These are the maps that will help people in #flint figure out which pipes are made of lead and need to be replaced."
At first glance it looks like an old Sanborn map, but we don't think it is. Perhaps it's some kind of engineering map drawn up by Flint itself. As best we understand, no digitized version of the map exists. But if the people of Flint are to understand exposure, impact, and removal needs, they'll need to digitize that data and match it up with other existing information, like which houses are occupied.
I took a stab at digitizing just the bit of the map captured in Ari's photo using LOVELAND's Site Control software. That's what it's designed for -- capturing parcel based data in an updatable, sharable format, with multiple data sources overlaid. So if we can get at those Sanborn maps, we can digitize the rest for the city.
Below is the map I made digitizing the data in Ari's image. In Ari's photo he points to a notation on a property that reads "L+C". I assume this refers to the type of pipes connected to the property, though I'm not certain -- maybe "Lead + Copper"? I've highlighted in red in this map the properties in Ari's photo that had the "L+C" notation.
Click any parcel to see the data from the Sanborn map. If you click the "Basic" tab on a property, you'll see imagery of the property and ownership and assessment information.
If you have info on these maps, please let us know firstname.lastname@example.org
Sample Flint Sanborn Map Digitized in Site Control
By Jerry Paffendorf on January 24, 2016
For Immediate Release: A Highly Visual Look at Detroit Public Schools From 1842-2015
A brand new report called A SCHOOL DISTRICT IN CRISIS: Detroit’s Public Schools 1842-2015, by Detroit-based mapping company LOVELAND Technologies, is now available at detroitschoolsreport.com.
It is a highly visual, very readable, deeply comprehensive look at Detroit Public Schools since its beginning, told in pictures, maps, stats, and common language.
Included in the report are hundreds of new photographs taken by LOVELAND surveyors who visited every single DPS property, rare historic photographs mined from archives, an interactive map of all 470+ Detroit public schools that have ever existed since 1842, and an even-handed narrative about issues the school system has faced throughout its history.
As DPS teachers protest poor school conditions, and as the eyes of the world turn to Michigan trying to understand the impact of our Emergency Management laws, this report is a timely primer on where DPS came from, how it evolved, and where it currently stands, financially, physically, and socially.
It is designed to be readable by and informative to the general public, teachers, students, and policy makers.
The report is the result of more than a year and a half of independent research and surveying by LOVELAND Technologies. All of the content is being made freely available, and to cover costs, LOVELAND is inviting readers to pay what they want, hoping to raise $25,000 from people paying as little as $1.
Please feel free to link to the report, use images, pull quotes, or remix the content however you would like, with a link back detroitschoolsreport.com and an attribution to LOVELAND Technologies.
For questions please email email@example.com or call 313-338-3825.
Thank you very much,
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By Dexter Slusarski on January 21, 2016
Over 18,328 property transfer affidavits were filed between 1/11 - 1/15 with the City of Detroit. 16,004 of those transfers were the Wayne County Treasurer finalizing the transfer of ownership from the 2015 Tax Foreclosure Auction, making the county the third largest landholder in the City of Detroit behind the Detroit Land Bank and the City of Detroit.
Breaking Down The Wayne County Transfer
This bundle of unsold properties represent $80,414,149.40 in unpaid taxes. We used data from Motor City Mapping to analyze the bulk of these properties and found that over half of the properties have structures and over 6,000 of those structures are in either fair or good condition. Out of the 8,000+ structures over 6,000 are in either good or fair condition and 2,526 are occupied.
It's likely that most of these properties are heading to the Detroit Land Bank in the next few weeks. Check out the map below to get a preview of new DLBA auction properties or side lots. Click a neighborhood below to see what's available.
The other 2,324 properties transferred last week were primarily privately owned. 657 of those transfers were properties that were bought through the Wayne County Tax Foreclosure auction last fall. We were able to use the auction data to connect BIG TEX PROPERTIES I LLC to Theodore Bank who purchased 77 properties for $227,632. Since the auction, 69 of these 77 properties have been separated into 7 different LLCS with either Joseph Burke or Nathan Helzer as the registered agent. This tactic isn't anything new, it's used quite often all over the country, but it's important to note because it happens in Detroit and often times can make the process of contacting the owner responsible for caring for properties extremely difficult. Check out the list of Burke's LLCs:
Properties NOT transferred by the Treasurer last week