Building Permit Data Could be Useful if Made Accessible

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August 04, 2015

While public transit information has been streamlined into Google Maps, and while restaurant inspection scores have been worked into Yelp reviews, no user-friendly site has compiled building permit data.

Yet, that is. Emily Badger of The Washington Post says that an app or platform that holds city data could be a handy tool to predict gentrification, spotunpermitted projects and even identify what kind of building is being put up on a construction site.

While spreadsheet websites with this data exist already, a dedicated service would make it easier for the average person to study consumer behavior and know what’s going on with local construction.

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