Advice and answers from the mySidewalk Team

mySidewalk’s mission is to make spatial data simple and useful. We do that by providing thousands of answers to common community questions.

How to use mySidewalk:

In the last five years, mySidewalk has worked with over 2,000 organizations in the public and private sectors, including city planners, economic development groups, parks and recreation departments, universities, city leaders, and elected officials. Our data tool is designed to help you access and share answers about your community as quickly as possible – regardless of technical or data expertise. We’ve designed two paths to help you get answers for any project area: 

  1. Apply our answers 
  2. Create your own answers 

How to apply our answers:
Location Snapshot, Comparison, and Templates 

Location Snapshot & Comparison: The simplest way to use our answers. Based on your selected interest or job title, our Location Snapshot will deliver a custom data report filled with hundreds of facts and charts about the community you’re interested in. You can also compare your area to any other area (a nearby community, a rising neighborhood, MSA, etc).

Template Library: The second easiest way to get answers is by applying a Template to your location. Templates are pre-created reports with a combination of layers, charts, and a map. These reports are extremely useful when you want to spatially show a variety of components that make up a more complete answer. 

How to create your own answers:

Maps:  Here’s where our customers’ creativity really shines! With the ability to apply any of our 800 datasets to a custom boundary or any of our 14 different common project geographies, add charts and annotations, correlate datasets, filter information, and upload local project data — our customers can customize their maps without the heavy lifting it typically takes to create a highly-localized map. Once you’ve completed your map, simply communicate your findings by sharing an interactive link or by exporting the information as a PDF or CSV file.

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How to communicate project information: Public Profiles 

Public Profiles:  When you need to communicate with residents in a more formal environment, use Public Profiles. Here, you can share maps, ask open-ended or poll questions, and connect with others in a forum that drives better, more informed decisions about your project. 

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