University of Southampton: New Index shows regions in the north have higher risk of food insecurity

University of Southampton: New Index shows regions in the north have higher risk of food insecurity. “The Index was developed for more than 30,000 neighbourhoods across England with populations between 1,000 to 3,000 people. The index calculates food insecurity risk for all areas based on benefits claimants and low-income at a household level, as well as data on mental health and adult educational attainment.”

CNBC: Google adds new search features to try to give users the ‘vibe’ of a city or neighborhood

CNBC: Google adds new search features to try to give users the ‘vibe’ of a city or neighborhood. “Google now says it has enough local data to predict a neighborhood’s ‘vibes’ in search results. The company is launching ‘immersive views’ and ‘vibes’ for some locations, adding more details in visual form so that users will be able to explore locations before they visit, Google said at its third annual Search On event Wednesday.”

University of Michigan: New online tool can calculate your neighborhood’s ‘cognability’

University of Michigan: New online tool can calculate your neighborhood’s ‘cognability’. “A new tool, an interactive map developed by University of Michigan researchers, allows you to plug in your address and assess how your neighborhood could support healthy cognitive aging under a theory U-M scientist Jessica Finlay and colleagues developed, called ‘cognability.’” I couldn’t get this to work with an address search, but it worked great when I searched by zip code.

The Ohio State University: Recreating “ghost neighborhoods” destroyed by highways

The Ohio State University: Recreating “ghost neighborhoods” destroyed by highways. “The building of the interstate highway system in Columbus split and sometimes destroyed entire neighborhoods, mostly those housing African Americans, immigrants and other minorities. Now a team of researchers from The Ohio State University are working to digitally recreate these ‘ghost neighborhoods’ in 3D so that people can see, and researchers can study, what was lost.”

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Milwaukee’s historical Bronzeville lives on at a new website and app dedicated to preserving its stories

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Milwaukee’s historical Bronzeville lives on at a new website and app dedicated to preserving its stories. “Telling the stories of Milwaukee’s African American families and businesses in a new way is the goal of a project just launched by [Patricia] Diggs and Kitonga Alexander, a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. ‘Milwaukee Bronzeville Histories’ is a website and mobile app that will allow people to learn about the past — and the present — as they walk the northside neighborhood. It went live in time for Bronzeville Week, which begins Saturday.”

Cincinnati Public Library: 50 Years of Protest Posters, Photos, and Flyers Scanned for the Library’s Digital Collection

Cincinnati Public Library: 50 Years of Protest Posters, Photos, and Flyers Scanned for the Library’s Digital Collection. “The images, part of the upcoming Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) exhibit, Artist Run Spaces, include protest posters, photos, slides, and flyers from fifty years of organizing work by the community organization Over-the-Rhine People’s Movement. The images are now available for high resolution viewing on the Library’s Digital Library, opens a new window.”

StateTech Magazine: Philadelphia Launches Smart Streetlight Pilot Program to Collect Data in Real Time

StateTech Magazine: Philadelphia Launches Smart Streetlight Pilot Program to Collect Data in Real Time. “As cities around the country seek to leverage smart technology, Philadelphia is continuing its efforts to collect data to address inequality. The city’s recently announced smart streetlight pilot is another tool employed to level the playing field for all of the city’s residents. By design, the SmartBlockPHL program uses sensors on smart streetlights to count people and objects, check air quality and monitor weather conditions. In addition, the streetlights will collect information about local pedestrian traffic, street activity and the environment.”

University of South Florida: New web portal documents and catalogues the Black experience in Tampa Bay

University of South Florida: New web portal documents and catalogues the Black experience in Tampa Bay. “The USF Institute on Black Life (IBL) has created a new web portal to better document Tampa Bay’s historic and contemporary African American communities. The African American Neighborhood Project portal offers a multitude of resources accessible to the community, including oral histories, heritage sites, archival photographs and research addressing anti-Black racism.”

California State University Northridge: CSUN Prof Says L.A.’s COVID-19 Data Provides Template for Understanding How Pandemics Spread

California State University Northridge: CSUN Prof Says L.A.’s COVID-19 Data Provides Template for Understanding How Pandemics Spread. “Using Los Angeles County as their subject, [Professor Steven] Graves and CSUN geography graduate student Petra Nichols constructed a series of statistical models that demonstrate that certain neighborhood housing characteristics — including income and ethnicity — made some communities more vulnerable to the virus than others. The information, Graves said, could provide policymakers and public health professionals with vital insight into managing future pandemics.”

Rossland News: Grand Forks man building archive of neighbourhood lost to flood

Rossland News: Grand Forks man building archive of neighbourhood lost to flood. This is Grand Forks, British Columbia, not North Dakota. “A Grand Forks man is compiling a digital archive of North Ruckle in a bid to preserve the flood-ravaged neighbourhood’s history. Les Johnson, an accomplished videographer and active member of the Boundary Historical Society, said he started the project in the spring of 2021, roughly six months before demolition started at neighbourhood homes in the way of the North Ruckle Dike.”

Route Fifty: Life Expectancy Declined in Black Neighborhoods Due to the Pandemic

Route Fifty: Life Expectancy Declined in Black Neighborhoods Due to the Pandemic. “The National Center for Health Statistics published data showing a 1.5-year decline in national life expectancy in 2020, largely due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which took the lives of approximately 375,000 Americans that year. The Brookings report shows that white Americans’ life expectancy declined by 1.2 years during the early pandemic; for Black Americans that number was about 3 years.”

Washington Post: A man strung Christmas lights from his home to his neighbor’s to support her. The whole community followed.

Washington Post: A man strung Christmas lights from his home to his neighbor’s to support her. The whole community followed.. “Kim Morton was home watching a movie with her daughter when she received a text from her neighbor who lives directly across the road. He told her to peek outside. Matt Riggs had hung a string of white Christmas lights, stretching from his home to hers in the Rodgers Forge neighborhood, just north of the Baltimore city line. He also left a tin of homemade cookies on her doorstep. The lights, he told her, were meant to reinforce that they were always connected despite their pandemic isolation.”

The Mercury News: Google’s urban village proposal in this city one of Bay Area’s largest residential project in history

The Mercury News: Google’s urban village proposal in this city one of Bay Area’s largest residential project in history. “The ambitious proposals — filed by Google in February — for two new neighborhoods on 127 acres of office parks in the North Bayshore neighborhood would boast as many as 7,000 residential units and about 3.1 million square feet of office space, and room for shops, restaurants, open space and a potential school site.”