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Palo Alto makes city data public

Original post made on Jul 31, 2012

Palo Alto's data-hungry residents and app-makers now have something new to feast on. The City of Palo Alto has unveiled the latest step in its "Open Data" initiative -- an effort that officials say aims to make the government more transparent.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 10:55 AM


Posted by Wayne Martin, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jul 31, 2012 at 11:15 am

Trying the link provided in the article:

Web Link

I got--

Oops! Google Chrome could not find

Posted by Wayne Martin, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jul 31, 2012 at 11:19 am

I tried the streetview web-page--

Web Link

Tried two streets that are near downtown--Bryant Street and Addison, getting the following --

No matching or nearby location found!

Posted by Paco, a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Jul 31, 2012 at 12:35 pm

they provided the website but never guarenteed it would work. maybe thats part of the plan is to have residents fix the site at "no cost to the city" according to Keene.

Posted by David Pepperdine, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 1, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Shameless incompetence on the part of overpaid bureaucrats.

Posted by Dennis, a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Pretty close - only one street off. I suggest the City open a competition between Gunn & Paly students to design and produce Palo Alto's next assault on the web.

Posted by Jerryl, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Aug 1, 2012 at 5:47 pm

The "geographic" selection enticed me until I saw it was just
Google Maps and Street Maps all over again.
I fully expected, given the fanfare, that we were going to be
given access to the CPA GIS database.

I would like to create a neighborhood map of our neighborhood
but not yet I see.

Posted by paloaltotreewatch, a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Aug 1, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Do you think the city is going to fix the issues you raised?
Y'all being used for crowd-sourced debugging.

Posted by John C. Tran, a resident of University South
on Aug 2, 2012 at 4:20 am


Thank you for the comments regarding the Open Data site. It is incorrectly linked in the article and I've notified the editor. The correct link is: Web Link.

We hope you take the opportunity to explore the available data sets (linked at the bottom of the page) and your feedback is always welcomed. Also, feel free to contact the City of Palo Alto directly with requests for additional data sets. They are truly working hard to engage with the community to improve transparency, collaboration, and services.


John C. Tran
Senior Marketing Manager

Posted by Paco, a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Aug 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Another flawed outsourced city project costing Palo Alto taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Thanks go out to city manager Keene and city council members!

Posted by vladrad, a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 14, 2012 at 3:23 am

WOW this is Awesome!!
I just would like to see more detail in finance data. Tax collection etc. :)
Good work!