I’ve posted before about Crimemapper, a database from The Sacramento Bee that lets users easily identify what crimes have occurred when and where in their neighborhoods. It’s a great tool that’s accessible to English Language Learners. My students use it, and other web applications on my website under Student Neighborhood Maps, to do a major project comparing neighborhoods each year.
The Bee has now expanded the kind demographic information that they make available and accessible. You can find them at Bee Databases.
I’d be interested in hearing about how, and if, newspapers in your communities provide similar tools.