For my last day of the Dashboard week, I got the eviction dataset for New York, spanning from 2017 to 2024, which provides a focused lens on instances involving multiple evictions at single locations. Here’s what the multi-case eviction trends reveal:
Geographic Disparities Across Boroughs
The interactive map on the dashboard shows a stark contrast between boroughs, with the Bronx leading in eviction numbers. The colour gradient deepens for areas with higher occurrences, and users can explore down to specific postal codes to identify eviction hotbeds. This indicates where intervention and support might be needed most.
Storage Spaces: A New Eviction Frontier
Surprisingly, storage units constitute the bulk of evictions, suggesting a shift in the nature of eviction proceedings. This could reflect economic trends affecting individuals and businesses and their capacity to maintain such spaces. The dashboard’s ability to pinpoint these trends offers a new perspective for stakeholders.
The data spotlights the top sheriffs overseeing these evictions, indicating a potential imbalance in workload distribution. This insight could be instrumental in addressing resource allocation and support mechanisms for law enforcement.
The COVID-19 Effect
A timeline on the dashboard captures the significant decline in evictions during the pandemic, mirroring the emergency policies implemented to protect residents during the crisis. This period serves as a reference point for the extraordinary impact of such policies.
Beyond the Surface: Hidden Insights
Embedded within the dashboard are two additional interactive features that provide deeper layers of analysis:
- Annual Heatmap: By exploring the heatmap, users can trace the fluctuation in eviction rates over the years, which could correlate with wider economic trends or changes in housing policies.
- Real-world Linkage: The feature that connects addresses to Google Maps street view places the data in a tangible context, allowing anyone to visualize the actual locations behind the numbers.
Data with Depth
It’s crucial to note that all evictions analysed here involve locations with multiple cases, which could suggest chronic issues or systemic problems in those areas. Understanding these patterns is vital for developing more effective housing policies and support services. The dashboard provides not just a visual breakdown but also a pathway to explore the real-world implications of the data, offering a comprehensive tool for policymakers, social workers, and community advocates dedicated to mitigating the impacts of evictions.