The LA Times has been working on a fascinating neighborhood project that will be of interest to people who read this blog. They call it simply “Mapping LA.”
The project is interesting for a number of reasons, but one that attracts the attention is that they explicitly consider what it means to draw boundaries around neighborhoods and thereby create a sense of identity, a sense of place.
Another innovative aspect is that they continue to solicit comments from people about these neighborhoods, so that they are characterized by those who live there. This led them to change and modify their original maps.
Lastly, they also make the data available under a Creative Commons license.
Imagine if this was available for your city. What could be done with it?