What Is It?
Those working in community revitalization frequently wrestle with questions such as:
Community mapping is a vibrant way of telling a neighborhood's story. IUt can highlight the rich array of neighborhood assets, analize the relationship between income and the location of services, or document vacant lots and buildings.
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Increasingly, community practitioners are using computer software such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (see sidebar) to carry out community mapping projects. Other technological advances, such as handheld computers and public access to the government's Global Positioning System (GPS), are also transforming the world of community mapping.
This tool is an overview of community mapping, with an emphasis on how mapping is used to support equitable development. It offers general guidelines for engaging in mapping and discusses the benefits, the possible types of analysis, how various approaches work, and the scale and cost of different efforts. It reviews a range of community mapping efforts, from low-tech to high-tech and from communities around the country, with an emphasis on projects using GIS.
Last Updated: April 2002