- How can we know how accurate reported response times are?
- Most calls appear to be hang-ups. How are these addressed?
- Predicts where calls/events happen to efficiently allocate vehicles and resources and identify quick routes
- Helps EMS and hospitals identify recurring patients and adjust their care plan
- Gives or reinforces impression of “bad” or “high crime” neighborhoods
- Increases police presence in places with more calls, increasing profiling and arrests li>
- How does the City define “blight”? Was there a definition before the Duggan administration initiatives?
- Shows “success” of City’s campaign to end blight
- Supports organizers applying pressure to City to address complaints
- Illustrates unequal enforcement and neighborhood targeting by ticket writers. What does “blight” look like in different neighborhoods?
- Reveals discrepancies in where demolitions occur versus where blight is reported as highest through tickets
- Justifies divestment of services away from neighborhoods with more blight, like political intention to reallocate Hardest Hit Funds to demolitions rather than foreclosure relief
- Effects property values and influences redlining practices by insurance companies
- Concludes “bad” or “undesirable” areas based on old data, subjective definitions and enforcement
- How soon do permit data get published to the portal from point of application and approval?
- Allows research about locations of future developments and whether they are initiated by existing neighbors or new developers
- Identifies where businesses are expanding and helps neighbors advocate against ones that have a bad record with the community
- Disguises information and creates false narrative. For instance, most permits are for single family homes, but from individual or bulk buyers?
- Informs structure of mortgages and types of loans available because no clear way to distinguish structures that need foundational changes versus just remodeling
- What about public crime incidents handled by entities outside of DPD, like Wayne State Police or other security forces?
- Exposes details about how different crime ratings are calculated, especially in the case of maps or visuals that focus only on number of crimes, not their type
- Increases surveillance and policing in neighborhoods with higher crime levels in the past, justifying practices like “Stop and Frisk” now li>
- Heat map creates assumptions of safety based only on quantity of crime, not type or severity. For example, a cluster of noise complaints look more severe than a single incident, even though that single incident may be an assault
- Which dataset(s) informs which structures get slated for demolition in the first place? Foreclosure data or structure condition data? Are those data available on the portal?
- Helps neighbors research land that is sited for demolition to organize campaigns to prevent destruction, especially of historically significant sites
- Names vendors and contractors performing demolitions and tracks if and how much money is staying in the City
- Data fails to acknowledge structures up for demo that are community assets or historic landmarks, and there is no clear path for disputing a record to prevent demolition
- Prioritizes certain neighborhoods, and therefore influences the housing market and property values
- Considering the digital divide, how many Detroiters can actually access this app? How many users have downloaded it to date?
- Can non-Detroit residents report and up-vote issues? Is there a way to differentiate or flag these?
- Saves residents money. For example, filling potholes means less car repairs, fixing water leaks benefits overall water bills, and cleaning up dumping boosts nearby property values
- Encourages collective action, like once an issue is reported, rally your neighbors to up-vote it to top priority, and track progress of the issue
- Follows trends in "improvements" to ideally illustrate how services are being delivered more efficiently by departments
- Access to the app accelerates divide in who gets city services, where they’re reported most, up-voted, and, therefore, responded to
- Exaggerates false impressions of neighborhood issues and desirability, especially if non-residents are reporting or up-voting issues
- Wrongfully penalizes residents. For example, your broken or uninsured car is parked on your street, but it gets reported as abandoned through the app, and is consequently towed and you owe a fine
- Informs scamming, harassment and stealing; arsonists could find abandoned building locations, dumpers locate existing dump sites to add more to and be less likely to get caught, and metal scrappers locate abandoned vehicles
- We know some egregious property speculators change their name frequently, if and how can it be tracked through the system?
- Addresses and highlights issues of land speculation
- Shows community groups who is buying up land around them
- Allows neighbors to find out who owns poor condition structures and advocate for community accountability/for owner to care for their property
- Hastens the process of land speculation, especially for those who have technical skills to access and use the data
- Eases the process of big developers buying up huge tracts of land quickly