Our vision is to support the Durham community by aggregating and organizing information in a way that moves community consensus and investment decisions forward. To this end, we plan to create a web-based tool to generate various visualization from curated data to help inform policy makers during their decision-making process.
The first implementation on the data hub will for Affordable Housing. We want to ensure that we do not wait until it's too late for Durham to make the needed investments to ensure we remain a community with enough housing near employment for all socio-economic brackets.
We suspect the data visualizations that we have rendered on the hub are:
- Time series data
- Map Data
- Other TBD
We have explored the DataSF Housing Hub as a place to start. Adapting the San Francisco implementation to be Durham-specific proved to be very difficult. So we made the technical decision to reboot this as a greenfield project that will house multiple projects, allowing each project to have it's own collection of visualizations that are rendered based on a curated data set.
How you can help…
Project Management - The project needs some TLC and some organization. We need to clean up the projects, and split the actual data hub work from the affordable housing implementation.
Product Management (Affordable Housing) - Determining what data visualizations we want to render, and gathering of the data to be published into the data hub.
Technical - We have made the decision that the front end and the back end will be separate deployments.
- Front End - This has not been started. We are still open to input on the technology stack. We would like it to be some industry-standard front end framework - some have mentioned Angular as an option.
- Back End - We are leaning toward a Django Rest back end with a Postgres DB that will be hosted on AWS.
Other Project Links
For quick overview (if new to project), check out this Dec 10 affordable housing report provided by consultant Karen Lado to the City of Durham
This is an emerging project born out of this initial Project Scope Brainstorm.
Affordable Housing Issue Brief:
Sustainable economic development is difficult to get right. Durham is growing fast and may be missing the window to get the right policies and organizations in place to ensure it stays a place where people of all socio-economic backgrounds can work and live. Durham already lacks 14,500 affordable rental units according to DurhamCares. We don't want to live in a place with the same dramatic tension that San Francisco has experienced between the innovation/tech economy and those not in that sector. We want to be the model of sustainable urban growth in the digital age. We need tools to help guide the discussion.
Lack of public awareness around changes in affordable housing options in Durham and ability to track local inventories of rent within affordable ranges block by block as Durham grows is one major problem
Other Housing Problems:
- How many rental units are available for people earning at 40-60% Area Median Income (AMI)?
- Startups & low-wealth communities are at-risk of œgentrification
- Ensure housing inventory is aligned with workforce development efforts
- Ensure affordable housing inventory is aligned with public transportation planning