West Philadelphia Digital Database

The West Philadelphia Digital Database integrates text, statistics, maps, and drawings at multiple scales. The "nested" structure of the database enables the user to get an overview of West Philadelphia as a whole, then zoom in, accessing progressively finer grain of information, ultimately down to the scale of a single block or a single property. The database can run on a personal computer and was designed for use by government agencies and grassroots organizations, for both "top-down" and "bottom-up" planning. It makes information and analytical tools once available only to governmental agencies and large institutions accessible to individuals and small groups. This is a revolutionary development which has enormous potential as a model for other places; once a digital database is set up, it can be shared by many different users.

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West Philadelphia Digital Atlas

Demonstration-A look at the hydrology of the Mill Creek Watershed and how the digital database might be used.

Photo gallery


Links to Other Data Sources

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Last Update: 7 September 1997