MAY 2014 WEBSITE
Mapping [Dis]Investment in Mexico City
A webGIS project, which created an interactive, web-based mapping platform for use by Mexico City policymakers and residents. The site allows residents to create data points about public infrastructure that are either assets or deficits. These points are then overlaid on a spatial socioeconomic vulnerability index we created from Mexican census data, as well as points where current infrastructure projects are being built.Residents of the city can identify needed and/or successful infrastructure projects in real time from a computer or smartphone. It is as simple as searching for an address or pointing and clicking on the map and filling out a short questionnaire. The result is a powerful application for infrastructure investment in poorly developed urban and peri-urban neighborhoods throughout the dense metro area, which helps policymakers identify where investment is needed most and where projects have been successful. Because of its straightforward, sequenced layout, the website allows lay people to bypass the technical skill needed by GIS cartographers and makes important information available to policymakers at low cost.
This was a team project. It is also important to note that this was a course project and is not actually in use by residents of Mexico City. But it could be!
UPDATE: please note that the data we prepared for our socioeconomic vulnerability index is no longer being hosted by UCLA, and therefore no longer overlays in the “maproom” section of the website.