As a watchdog for the disposition of public land, 596 Acres is being vigilant about the city Acquisition for Redevelopment program that is about to start adding formerly private property in neighborhoods affected by Superstorm Sandy to the city inventory (the largest such addition since the tax foreclosures of the 1970-80s and slum clearance of earlier decades). We are acting as the convener of a city-wide coalition of advocates working on turning this into a great opportunity for these neighborhoods and a means for the displaced to come home.
To support this work, we need a volunteer to make a GIS map that shows the areas impacted. Specifically, the coalition of community groups we are working with would like a map that shows three variables:
1. the most recent FEMA Preliminary Working Maps (recently released, no longer Advisory)
2. demographic information (low/moderate income) and
3. the storm surge line.
A different map for each borough might make sense.
FEMA Preliminary Working Maps are available in three formats here (KML, Arc GIS and Web Map Service). I'm not sure what the date of release is but it is surely the most current.
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