I've seen several suggestions for presenting geographically-based info in an easily browseable form. How about a general "Where Is It?" page with selectable layers and/or search options using Google Maps API?
This page could potentially integrate a large amount of information in ways that not only allow it to be easily navigated. Possible layers to consider:
- places of interest
- city resources (police/fire stations, libraries, schools, etc.)
- live traffic reports
- traffic accident locations
- road/lane closure locations
- LCRA river and lake level reports and forecasts
- flood warnings for low water crossings (most of these are automated)
- school district boundaries
- city and county GIS data
- any number of other city-related resources
The benefit of combining all this info in one map is that relationships between different types of info (traffic vs. accident and road/lane closures, for example, or LCRA reports/forecasts and flooded low water crossings, as just a few examples) are immediately visible and can highlight how they're interrelated. This could be a very powerful resource even for novice users, sort of a Google Maps of Austin.
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