Snowplow Equity?

A few weeks ago I learned that NYC puts all its snowplow data online–so you could see who got their streets cleared first, etc., and map it onto commute routes and do some kind of equity analysis.

Should I? Should you? It would be so much fun as a data exercise (assuming you didn’t find anything problematic, in which case it would be distressing). But would it be the kind of paper someone would think “that certainly was a high priority piece?”

From a tenure committee standpoint: the answer is probably no. An equity issue with something like this is mostly going to be an optimization problem, so it doesn’t have the quality the ‘wicked problems’ that academics spend their lives on. However, for someone looking for a project to learn postgis with, it could be a great case study.

Community leaders say: we want public plowing – OPSEU SEFPO


Published by mattdpalm

Doctoral Student UC Davis USDOT Graduate Eisenhower Fellow 2014-2015

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: