September 27, 2016
Thanks to Philadelphia's recent open data push, residents can now more easily access information on buildings that aren't up to code.
The city announced Monday the release of 11 new or revamped open data sets from the Department of Licenses & Inspections.
Among the new data sets are those tracking buildings that are found to have "unsafe" and “imminently dangerous” violations.
“Imminently dangerous” violations are the most serious issued by L&I, as they are given when structures are in "imminent danger of failure or collapse," conditions that could potentially "endanger life," according to city code.
As of Tuesday, Sept. 27, there were 345 open "imminently dangerous" violations in the city. A majority were due to issues with the building's structure (256), with the second-most violations given because of a partially collapsed wall (21) and the third-most because of a partially collapsed roof (16).
With this new data set, along with the others recently released, residents can now "browse open violations in their neighborhood and see related enforcement activity," according to a press release.
Here's the full list of newly released open data sets from L&I: