This week, we’re excited to announce the rollout of #GoodReads shared by the Innovation Teams (i-teams).

Innovation specialists in this cohort are embedded in city halls across the United States and Israel, tasked with developing bold ideas and initiatives to address the biggest issues facing city governments. Living Cities is proud to be partnering with Bloomberg Philanthropies on these efforts. We look forward to sharing intriguing articles, books, blogs, and other content that sparked conversation among the i-teams, as well as their reflections on these pieces. We will also include some recommendations from our staff and our partners at Bloomberg Philanthropies in these posts.

What We Can Learn About Income Inequality by Mapping Where Men and Women Live - By Aria Bendix, CityLab

From a data analyst in Tel Aviv, a striking data visualization that simply shows whether males or females are more populous in a given county. Combined with information about gender wage differences, the article speculates as to whether women move to areas with higher wage equality, or if wage equality is a product of having more women in the workforce. I’d be interested to see a similar analysis at a smaller scale relating gender, income, and housing affordability.

Recommended by an i-team member in Centennial, CO

PolicyViz Podcast Episode #16: Justin Grimes, Statistician and Open Data Advocate - By Jon Schwabish, PolicyViz

This episode of the PolicyViz podcast features Justin Grimes, a statistician and open data expert, in a conversation about the benefits and pitfalls of open government data. His view is that although ensuring broad access to this data is critical, just having a portal doesn’t mean much. Robust engagement with community members is the key to making this data useful.

Syracuse gets $10 million to help with infrastructure repairs - By Ellen Abbott

The city of Syracuse was recently awarded a $10 million grant to work on infrastructure. This news is especially exciting because the i-team in Syracuse has been and will remain closely involved in using data to determine how best to spend these funds.

The two articles above were recommended by an i-team member in Syracuse, NY

Is Urban Planning Having an Identity Crisis? - By Anthony Flint, CityLab

A great read from Citylab about the shift the profession of urban planning is going through and the need to plan for complexity, which is a bit of what we are all doing in a sense.

Recommended by an i-team member in Tel Aviv, Israel

Your Local Government Can Help Make a Permitting Data Standard Better - By Dave Nyczepir, Route Fifty

Comparing datasets between local jurisdictions can be challenging because they rarely match field for field, yet more and more public information is regularly released as governments continue to join the growing open data movement.

To better meet demand for actionable open government insights, a consortium of eight civic and real estate technology companies released a permits data standard last week on public code repository GitHub.

While many jurisdictions have a long way to go, particularly those that still rely on paper-based processes, measuring performance against normalized standards allows cities to integrate data into daily decision making and know whether they are making the impact they desire. This article provides an example of cities sharing data with one another to better understand contributing factors and make improvements.

Recommended by Owen Stone, Senior Associate, Public Sector Innovation at Living Cities