At first glance, Burgh’s Eye View might seem like something from the dreams of our most “nebby” neighbors. For the first time, you can easily see all kinds of data about Pittsburgh—including 311 requests, building permits, code violations, and public safety incidents.But City data isn’t a log of when and where we put our parking chairs. It’s a huge collection of information about the world around us that can help us understand what’s happening in our neighborhoods, and lead us to ideas and decisions that can make where we live better. We think of it as nebby for the greater good.So, whether you’re looking at information about sidewalks that need repairing, or mapping out streetlights that are a little too dim, remember: While data can help us know, its highest purpose is to help us join together with other residents and the City to make change.
To assist residents in engaging with their neighborhoods, public safety, 311, permit, and asset data is currently available on the Burgh’s Eye View map. To ensure residents’ privacy, certain types of data – such as the locations of arrests – have been generalized to the block or neighborhood level. The application is populated with data the City supplies nightly to the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center (WPRDC) and relevant data sets can be exported directly from the application as well as the WPRDC website.