Gotham Zoning is an interactive map that lets you:
To make New York City's zoning code digestible by humans, we took inspiration from one of our favorite games: Sim City 2000.
It started with the color scheme: green for residential, blue for commercial and yellow for manufacturing. (This oversimplifies things a bit, read the full story.)
From there we got a little carried away. Graphics, sounds, music, oh my.
It consists of regulations that control how big of a building you can build on a property, what you can do inside it. You can't just build anything anywhere - every property in New York City lives in a zoning district of one kind or another.
We are using some music and sound effects from Sim City 2000 on this website. This is not to make a Sim City competitor, but to make the experience of diving in to zoning laws fun!
Sim City 2000 soundtrack by Brian Conrad, Sue Kasper, Justin McCormick.
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Sim City is a trademark of Maxis.
If you love Sim City as much as we do, go buy it!
The original Open City team is:
This site was built with zoning shapefiles from the New York City Department of City Planning.
The DCP Zoning Site was also referenced for basic information and text about each type of zoning district.
We love that the City of New York has opened their data for all to use. This site represents just one example of what can be done with it. We hope it inspires others to dive in to zoning (and other) civic open datasets.
All the code for this project is up on Github.
Found a bug? Report it on our issue tracker!
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