Houston Maps and Data: February 2016

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This is the second edition of Houston maps and data. This month, we saw Mayor Turner’s first major initiative take the form of an interdepartmental task force and a new website. Potholes in Houston will never be the same again. Here’s the scoop, along with a few other interesting stories about Houston told through maps and data.

City of Houston Maps Potholes: HoustonPotholes.org

pothole service requests in houston maps

The City of Houston now responds to 96% of pothole service requests within 24 hours. This is Mayor Turner’s first accomplishment since taking office, and it’s created immediate goodwill with voters who care about traffic first, everything else second. You can follow along at houstonpotholes.org. The best part of this program is that it requires potholes to be reported through 311, ensuring a data trail of service requests for map nerds all over town.

HISD Magnet Schools Mapped by Funding

HISD magnet schools funding - houston maps

The Houston Independent School District spends about $20 million on magnet schools, and another $11 million on getting the kids to and from those schools. So how does that money get distributed? Apparently, based on “school theme” and student enrollment.

Density of Concealed Handgun Licensees By Zip Code

concealed handgun licensee houston maps

This map from the Chronicle provides some insight into where concealed handgun licenses are concentrated. With the new open carry law in Texas affecting public places like retail shops and restaurants, this map could provide some insight into what zip codes might embrace or oppose the new law.

Houston Auto Sales Projected to Dip in 2016

auto sales dip in 2016 houston maps

Another sad forecast for Houston’s economy. Our city is more vehicle-dependent than pretty much anywhere, so when sales slow in our region, that’s saying something. But the bottom hasn’t dropped out just yet. The growth of automobile sales has really taken off since 2009, and this is the first projected dip. But it also might be the beginning of a reversal. It’s also interesting that four automakers comprise over half the market.

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Jeff Reichman

Jeff is passionate about using data to make better decisions and reveal new insights. He founded January Advisors and Sketch City, and serves on the board of the League of Women Voters of the Houston Area. Read his full bio on LinkedIn.