HAMMOND | Hammond has launched a new interactive map of the city that presents a wide range of information from U.S. Census data to available real estate.
The map is available on the city's website, gohammond.com, and has been updated to reflect polling locations for the November general election, said Becky McKinley, the GIS manager for the Hammond Sanitary District.
“I think it's a great way to look at different type of data,” McKinley said.
The department launched the map for May's primary, but has since added more information. The map allows a user to look at several layers of data at a time and to customize information based on an address.
Among the features, the map shows the administrative boundaries of the city, parks and recreation locations, recent street and lighting projects, police beats and garbage and recycling pickup areas.
The map also shows homes involved in the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, along with available commercial and industrial real estate and properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
McKinley said the department is working with the School City of Hammond to add attendance boundaries for its schools to the map.
The map was built in-house by the GIS Department using free technology, McKinley said. Tom Ramker, a GIS technician, handled the map's coding.
Jonathan Parker, an engineer in the Hammond Engineering Department, said the map helps when residents call the city with questions.
“It's also something we can reference to the residents,” Parker said, “because most people have played with Google Earth. It's very easy to use.”