Stories + Data = Power

A Guide to Navigating the City's Racial Equity Data Tool

September 5, 2023

The Racial Impact Study Coalition (RISC), of which MAS is a member organization, recently collaborated with the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) to create Stories+Data=Power, an informational poster about how to use the Equitable Development Data Explorer (EDDE), a new public data tool created by the New York City Departments of City Planning and Housing Preservation & Development. The webtool is the product of legislation adopted in 2021 requiring the creation of a citywide equitable data tool as well as a new racial equity report to accompany certain land use actions.

An excerpt from the Stories+Data=Power publication. Illustration: Arthur Kim & Jonathan Muroya.

The EDDE disaggregates certain datapoints by race and provides a look into relative displacement risk across neighborhoods according to population vulnerability, housing conditions, and market pressure–a first in the City’s vast suite of open data resources. RISC worked with the Office of the Public Advocate and City Council allies to pass Local Law 78 of 2021 as part of a greater effort to improve the transparency and public engagement in land use processes, especially in communities of color where large land use projects, including neighborhood rezonings, are being proposed.

Stories+Data=Power was developed through CUP’s Making Policy Public program, in which CUP staff work with designers and community advocates to produce foldout posters that explain complex policy topics. This poster is designed as a guide to accessing the EDDE to find information that supports discussions and advocacy positions around neighborhood needs and priorities. Find out more about the CUP collaboration. You can also view and download the poster.

RISC is supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.

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