Online Mapping of Philly's Culture

Online mapping tool shows Philly arts landscape

Businesses, people and nonprofits looking for block-by-block information about Philadelphia's cultural landscape are getting a new high-tech resource to assist in their search.

The free website called CultureBlocks is launching Tuesday.

Three years in the making, it's a vast online database and mapping tool created to help arts and culture organizations, neighborhood groups, urban planners, investors and creative-sector companies find locations in the city that offer the best fit for their project or business.

Users can search the detailed site in an almost unlimited number of customizable ways through a simple interface. They can search by criteria including neighborhood, demographic information, existing cultural resources, public transit access, ethnic diversity, historical areas, zoning and land use.

Just one click of the CultureBlock Tool can reveal one's proximity to everything from public transit to the cultural makeup of different neighborhoods.

CultureBlocks is a partnership between the city and several private partners.

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