A Love (Post-it) Note to Qualitative Data

A Love (Post-it) Note to Qualitative Data

In February, Samantha, Adria and I traded in our Syracuse winter coats for Long Beach sunglasses. We touched down in Long Beach, California and geared up for a three-day workshop on designing human-centered solutions to complex social challenges, like economic opportunity.

Resilience and Hope: Economic Opportunity in Flint, MI

Resilience and Hope: Economic Opportunity in Flint, MI

As we neared my block, I started to worry. Yes, we had already seen blight in other Flint neighborhoods, however, I wasn’t fully prepared for seeing this on my old block, where there were over a dozen vacant houses and empty lots. My house was still there, and lived in, but the neighborhood had a completely different feeling than what I remembered. Seeing this filled me with a mix of thoughts and emotions. How would my life have turned out if we stayed here? What are the resident’s lives like now? Will my street ever be active and lively again?

Cities Supporting Cities: Syracuse Visits Flint

Cities Supporting Cities: Syracuse Visits Flint

Flint's infrastructure crisis has been well documented, and many of you are probably already familiar with their challenges. In April 2014, the City of Flint changed its water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River. The new water source proved to be corrosive and, without proper treatment, caused lead from water service lines (the pipes that bring water from the larger water mains into homes) to leach into and contaminate the water.

Dear Baltimore

Dear Baltimore

I came to you to attend the 21st Century Cities conference and while I was there, was fortunate enough to explore your neighborhoods with some of the organizations who are doing some awesome work within your limits.

Dear Chicago

Dear Chicago

Dear Chicago,

Our work with the University of Chicago’s Data Science for Social Good Program has brought us to you before, and last week it brought us back again. The conference was awesome (blog post to come), but while we visited it only made sense to get to know you better while we were there.