Data Release 1.0 - 134 California Cities Housing, Health, and environmental baseline
Older housing built between 1900-1978
As we are presented with more requests from users we feel would be useful for a larger audience we will pull data together and ask users if they'd like to see the data come out in a release available for subscription and addition to existing membership views. Here are aspects of DR 1.0. Note these are not as formal as you'd expect to see in technical documentation because we want it to be relatable for a wide range of readers.
housing units built between 1900-1978 where occupants are communicating occupancy status
Peoples' life outcomes are directly related to the environments where they spend time. Because most people spend more time at home than in other places we are creating a baseline of data for everyone and building more insight around the one focal point for each person. Once we can determine what the environment is like inside someone's home we can determine if some things should be checked to make sure they're OK.
For instance, older housing will start to wear down and paint may start cracking, and things start to seem dusty and run down. This may look interesting from the outside or add character, it could mean materials used in construction before 1978 were used that should be removed from inside and outside housing.
Homes that were built before 1978 are at least 40 years at this point and are due for audits for energy efficiency, lead paint, mold, and a number of other issues that come with older housing. We are focusing on 1900-1978 housing as this is where the majority of housing was built and we have a lot of houses to check in on. You'll note these housing units are colored red. That is because we need to assume the majority of properties have not undergone inspections recently and so they will stay red until we receive notification scientific inspections have cleared them for habitability requirements.
10 California counties and cities
We narrowed this data release to only include 134 CA cities where older housing needs to be checked out for environmental safety reasons. 134 is a lot of cities and people but it's still small compared to the 20,000 or so other US cities with housing built between 1900-1978. We also prioritized these cities because when people discover they need to update their housing to make it energy efficient and safer they often wonder how they'll pay for it.
These 10 CA counties and cities sued lead paint manufacturers 18 years ago for creating toxic hazards for millions of Californians. This money will start to become available and we want to help people in pre-1951 housing get ready to figure out if they qualify for some of these lead abatement funds.
The people occupying and owning pre-1951 housing should check their house for lead poisoning and use Metropolitan Intelligence to know where to look.
Keeping this one simple
We will offer many different data insights and live streams of real-time data in coming releases but in every case we want to ensure data is easy to live with and understand. We focus on making things as straight forward and simple as possible so you don't have to navigate around the data - the data should wrap around you to help you navigate. Our first priority is to get you used to having past and present data visualized for you in GPS-enabled, interactive, maps so you can see things that would be invisible without MI.
For example, lead paint is invisible, because lead is mixed into the paint - so it just looks like paint, not like poison. We will turn these houses red so you know they probably have lead paint in them because you can't always tell by looking at them.
this is NOt a complete set of pre-1978 housing
Wave 1 of DR 1.0 only includes about 30-40% of the housing in this date range. That is because it includes marketing data chosen because it is closer to real-time data than say, census data which is updated every 10 years so won't necessarily give you a clear picture of current occupants or owners.
To check all housing a set of data from a County's Tax Assessor office to cover all properties and those built before 1900 should be included in follow on waves of housing data to fill in gaps and ensure all housing is accounted for.
The only way to really know what's going on in peoples' homes is to speak with them. This data does not include User Validated data. Follow on data sets will include Opt-In data provided by users who volunteer or sell their data to us to build value for themselves and help us prove out our predictive data models. Data is not sold without consent from the contributor.