We have found that there is a vast wealth of information that is within the reach of people and organizations with access to the internet. In the process of developing MPIP, we found that these were often difficult to find. The links below provide a “short cut” to some of the more important places on the web to obtain a variety of information that might be useful for the development of more specialized information about communities. Please enjoy your surfing, and be sure to alert us if any of the links are either broken or have particularly slow loading times.
Community Indicators—Basic information about other efforts to develop community indicators
Regional Information Sources—Good sources of a wide variety of community relevant data and information
The Reinvestment Fund (TRF) is a good source of information about reinvesting for community revitalization and development, and on efforts to diminish poverty in the region.
Philadelphia Health Management Corporation (PHMC) provides a wide variety of health related data.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia provides a series of regular reports on the economic health of the region and the nation, as well as a series of links to other resources.
The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia is a major source of information and survey data addressing public issues in the Philadelphia region.
Within Philadelphia, a great amount of information can be obtained from:
For parcel based and neighborhood information, the University of Pennsylvania’s Cartographic Modeling Laboratory.
For community development plans and data, see the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) website.
For city investments in neighborhoods, Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC).
Geographic Context—Sites that are important for developing consistent digital definitions of communities and their boundaries, across a wide variety of data sets
For a wide variety of Pennsylvania spatial information visit
Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access (PASDA)
For a wide variety of New Jersey spatial information visit the New Jersey Geographic Information Network (NJGIN)