Friday, January 10, 2014

Heat Map of Every Building Permit in D.C.

The DC Data Catalogue does an awesome job releasing interesting data about our fair city. Above is a heat map of every active building permit, as of January 10, 2014. They have the kml shapefile, and you just have to transform the data into a raster.

The dataset contains locations and attributes of building construction and alteration permits applied for and approved by the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. There's plenty of activity downtown along the K Street corridor. No surprises around Shaw and H St NE as well. I was a little surprised at the activity around Ft. Totten and Benning Rd near Marshall Heights, but I haven't been in those areas in a little while.

 Of course, not every building permit is created the same. This dataset captures large construction projects like the O Street Market development in Shaw, as well as someone renovating their bathroom in Georgetown.

 Next steps: Maybe I'll add a layer of metro lines and proposed street car to see if there are any associations there.