Mobilizing the Power of Big Data

Researchers at the University of Miami are using big data to identify affordable housing opportunities for residents of Miami-Dade County.

A new online tool, developed by the University’s Office of Civic and Community Engagement with support from Citi Community Development, has identified some 500 million square feet of publicly owned land across the county and its 34 municipalities that is vacant, unused, or underutilized. (That’s roughly the land mass of Manhattan.)

The Land Access for Neighborhood Development tool, or LAND, identifies underused parcels that are close to transit hubs and that could be aggregated to create and preserve permanently affordable housing for residents across Miami-Dade County.

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