A new data tool for advancing equitable community development in Seattle

August 31, 2017

The Yesler Community Collaborative (YCC) Neighborhood Data Explorer project shares information about the neighborhoods and communities surrounding Yesler Terrace.

With support from the Bullitt Foundation, we have developed a tool for sharing data and insights pertinent to the future of some of Seattle’s most unique communities. The YCC Neighborhood Explorer app makes it easy for community advocates and policy makers to compare the demographics of some of Seattle’s highest displacement risk communities with the rest of the city. The Chinatown International District, First Hill, the Central Area, and Capitol Hill are four central neighborhoods whose communities enjoy high access to opportunity but are currently contending with the disruptive forces of residential, economic, and cultural displacement.

YCC's vision of Seattle is a "city for the many​": https://vimeo.com/201188385

The Yesler Community Collaborative formed as a community stakeholder-led effort to draw decision makers’ attention to this issue and to advocate for urban development policies and projects that advance racial equity. The Neighborhood Explorer app provides a resource YCC members who want to supplement the stories of their community members with public datasets like the American Community Survey (US Census). The combination of quantitative data and qualitative evidence or narratives has proven to be an effective strategy in YCC's affordable housing advocacy.

Futurewise envisions both the capabilities of this tool and the data it features to grow with time. The initial release of the app provides a set of demographic information and future updates will add health- and environment-related indicators to the interface.  As with an data-driven project we produce, the primary purpose of this project is to augment the advocacy agendas of our community partners, and we look forward to adding new datasets that are pertinent to these partners’ work. 


A link to the app can be found here.