The parking meter on pole No. 5-613 is a high achiever. That shouldn’t be a shock, given its location on 5th Avenue between Market and G streets in the Gaslamp.
In 2015, it made $3,203.
Meanwhile, the parking meter on pole No. 30-4328 on 30th Street in North Park ought to hang its metal head in shame. In 2015, it made $59.
We’re not sure if those are the highs and lows when it comes to San Diego parking meter performance. To do that, one would have to click on every parking meter on a map that’s part of a new City of San Diego data offering.
(After three hours, the boss said enough …)
Called the city’s Open Data Portal, it provides some fascinating data on a number of city services.
For instance, you can check the results of the Public Utilities Department’s water testing.
“Public Utilities currently has 160 sample sites for the City of San Diego drinking water system and is required to test 85 sites per week,” the data portal notes.
Totally randomly, we decided to check on how the testing site in Point Loma did. (It’s not just because we happen to live in the area …)
Good news: There were no signs of coliform bacteria or E. coli at the Catalina Boulevard First Station sample. And the water temperature was 21.6 Celsius.
Other so-called “data stories” include the number of solar permits issued and the city’s street-sweeping schedule. Knowing the schedule allows you to avoid getting a ticket, the site notes.
“Transparency and efficiency should be a part of every local government’s DNA, which is why we’ve put such an emphasis on that here in San Diego with our open data portal,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said in a news release touting the new feature. “The portal will give app developers, software engineers and the public the opportunity to use this data in innovative ways that we haven’t even dreamed of yet.”
To access the site, go to data.sandiego.gov.
To start off, the city has released 44 data sets in a host of categories, from public safety to transportation to energy and the environment. However, they are not all easily understood. If you look at police calls, for instance, there’s a column marked “stno” with numbers such as 3800 and 200 and 3700 and 1400 in the boxes below.
Does one need to graduate from the police academy to understand that?
Some of the call types were PARTY. Or SLEEPER. Or 459 A.
The data stories are the most user-friendly features on the site, by far. For the parking meter map, you simply glide along, and a little hand opens a box for whatever parking meter you want to check out.
Hillcrest and the Gaslamp are where the city really makes out. Oh, and Little Italy, along Kettner Boulevard and India Street, rocks too.
The meter on Pole KT 2015, at Kettner and West Hawthorn? It brought home a cool $3,078.
We want one for Christmas.