Data Driven Detroit (D3) has finished our 2011 Annual Report, “Positives & Negatives: Finding a Balanced Approach through Data.” In addition to summarizing our activities over the past year, the Report also compiles essential statistics into a resource that we hope you will reference throughout the 2012. The year following a Census is always an important one. The results of this survey inevitably create waves that impact every level of geography, from city block to nation. The results from the 2010 Census, which were released in 2011, illustrated unprecedented changes in Detroit, across our region, and throughout the State. According to the new Census numbers, Michigan was the only state in the country to lose population over the decade. The City of Detroit experienced one of its largest percentage losses in residents over the last 6 decades. Arguably, both positive and negative trends have emerged from the 2010 Census results. It is essential that we as a region process them honestly and find a balanced, equitable approach to moving forward.
We at D3 believe that the region must work together to develop a common narrative that respects our diverse histories, while also establishing a new set of shared experiences. Our ability to do so successfully requires that we first understand our metropolis objectively and then act in agreement on that common knowledge. We believe that the most direct path to objective consensus is through data. D3 has brought together twelve months of demographic maps and visualizations, using our extensive library of data sets, to provide a common understanding of our region as we build our future together.