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Let’s crowdsource buffer zone locations

So I've been thinking about buffer zones (haven't we all?) and I am unsatisfied with just calling to learn whether or not I, personally, am in one.

The city says they can't release maps of buffer zone locations because it is a breach of privacy, but I think that's backwards. Their approach, to release yes/no answers about your own property only serves to pit neighbour against neighbour without any of the positive discussions that could arise from seeing the city as a whole.

I wrote about it earlier here.

So let's hack it.

The city will tell us all if we're in a buffer zone, but they won't put that information together into a map?

Okay, I'll do the map. Let's just start collecting information about whether you ARE or AREN'T in a buffer zone.

Call the city at 204-729-2148 and they'll tell you if you're in a buffer zone.

Then you tell me. Fill out the simple form below, and when there are enough responses, I'll plot them on a map of Brandon. And we should be able to see just where the buffer zones sit.


Updated on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 1:05 PM CDT:
I had hoped to have the locations update a map automatically, but the Google Fusion Tables script that I was going to use has been broken by some update. So I'll have to do it manually. I'll try to do it as often as I can.

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Coming soon — but it's not as many as I hoped :/

Have you had enough responses to make a map yet?

They've got it backwards, it seems to me. Any theoretical risk to liability exists when one neighbour is upset at another neighbour, presumably for including them in a buffer zone. Yet the city is happy to give out that info to anyone who asks. All I'm doing it collecting that info to give a city-wide perspective. Also, at this point, anyone who uses the phrase "give your head a shake" undercuts their own argument. All it does is signal to people that you think your opinion is so much better than the other person's that the other person must have something wrong with their brain. It's arrogant and rude.

This is odd. The city's legal council advised against mapping buffer zone sites, presumably to avoid liability in the event of criminal/civil incidents. Yet, here you are trying to recreate it. Give your head a shake.

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