#ThisWeekInData April 22, 2022

KPBS: 5000 Broken Streetlights, 8 Electricians: San Diego Uses Data to ‘Do More with Less’

While there are more than 5,000 streetlights reported broken in San Diego, supply chain constraints and understaffing mean that the average wait time to get one fixed is roughly 10 months. San Diego’s chief innovation officer found a way to ‘do more with less’ by developing an algorithm to prioritize which street lights to fix first (including factors such as proximity to schools and parks).

GOTHAMIST: This New Dashboard Tells New Yorkers How Far The City Is From Achieving Its Climate Goals

New York City’s Comptroller just released the NYC Climate Dashboard that collects and displays data on carbon emissions, heat waves, neighborhood resilience, and overall progress on the city’s climate goals. By making this dashboard public, residents can monitor where and how the city is working to reach the overarching goal of an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gasses by 2050.

BLOOMBERG CITIES NETWORK: How Small Cities can Make Big Leaps with Data

Several small cities have recently achieved What Works Cities Certifications, showing that cities of any size can make big gains with data. This article outlines five lessons from small and mid-sized cities, including that “data is a team sport” and that it’s important to make data useful for decision makers and residents.

GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT LAB: Using Government Procurement to Advance Equity 

Governments across the country are committed to investing in racial equity, but many are struggling to translate that commitment. This new publication from the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab highlights innovative and data-driven procurement strategies that can help governments increase investments in historically marginalized communities and deliver services more equitably.

GOVERNING: Los Angeles Hopes Tech Can Help Make More Equitable Bus Lanes

The LA Metro wanted to utilize artificial intelligence and camera technology to help with bus-lane enforcement, making sure that lanes were safe and clear without double-parked vehicles or other obstacles. However, local policy wasn’t up-to-date enough to address this type of technology. This article explains how LA Metro and their contracted technology suppliers navigate the complicated data privacy concerns raised in order to improve public transit.



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