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The Revolution Will Be Mapped

By Bob Burtman

GIS (geographic information system) mapping technology is instrumental in underprivileged communities obtaining better services--from education and transportation to health care and municipal services--by illustrating precisely what discrimination and exclusion mean. More and more advocates, community groups, and academics use maps to identify social problems, devise solutions, and leverage change. The Cedar Grove Institute for Sustainable Communities has, among other projects, helped advocates use maps to show patterns of municipal discrimination against disadvantaged groups.

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