At first glance, Burgh’s Eye View might seem like some­thing from the dreams of our most “neb­by” neigh­bors. For the first time, you can easi­ly see all kinds of data about Pitts­burgh—includ­ing 311 re­quests, build­ing permits, code violat­ions, pub­lic safe­ty in­ci­dents, city assets, and public records on every par­cel in the city.

But City data isn’t a log of when and where we put our park­ing chairs. It’s a huge col­lect­ion of in­form­ation about the world a­round us that can help us under­stand what’s happen­ing in our neigh­bor­hoods, and lead us to ideas and decis­ions that can make where we live bet­ter. We think of it as neb­by for the great­er good.

So, whether you’re look­ing at in­form­at­ion about side­walks that need re­pair­ing, or map­ping out street­lights that are a lit­tle too dim, re­mem­ber: While data can help us know, its high­est pur­pose is to help us join to­get­her with other re­sid­ents and the City to make change.

Ok, so how do I use it?

Burgh’s Eye View uses maps to visualize data generated by the City of Pittsburgh and its residents. As you play with it—changing the date range, for example—what you see on the map will change. You can scroll to zoom or use the +/- buttons at the top left, click on pins to see details, and move the map around using a mouse or touch.

Currently, three general map types are available: maps of points, places and parcels.


The points map shows data located at specific points in the city, such as public safety incidents, 311 requests, code violations, capital projects, and city assets.

You can search for a specific address or block, as well as other keywords in some of the data. But keep in mind that a lot of location information is generalized to the block or neighborhood level in order to protect people's privacy. Some sensitive datasets don't have addresses at all, and so will not react to address searches.
Most information on the Points map has a date attached to it. Change the date range to see things from a certain day, week, month, or any period you’re interested in.
Using these checkboxes, you can turn off datasets to get a clearer view of what you're interested in. Some datasets have specific filters just for them. You can set those filters in the fields below each checkbox.
311 Requests
This layer allows you to see 311 requests, which are non-emergency concerns or questions that residents send to the City using the 311 call center, social media, text message, the website, or the myBurgh apps for iOS or Android. As you can imagine, residents have a wide range of concerns and questions. Start typing in the “Request Type” box to select the types of requests you want to see on the map. You can also view requests that are assigned to specific City departments or agencies, and view requests by origin (whether they were submitted as a call, on social media, etc). Click any of the orange icons on the map to learn more about a specific 311 request
Public Safety Information
These layers allow you to see incidents captured in the 30-day police blotter, the police blotter archive as well as non-identifying information on arrests and non-traffic citations. Use the Hierarchy field to find specific types of crimes. Click on any of the blue, red, or pink icons on the map to learn more about a specific public safety incident.
Building Information
These layers allow you to see information on violations and city facilities. Select or start typing in the “Violation,” “Inspection Result,” “Next Action,” or “Facility Usage” fields to narrow down or view specific results. Click on any of the blue, green, or gray icons on the map to learn more about a specific permit, violation, or facility.
"Filter by Area"
Are you interested in looking at information for a particular neighborhood, Council district, Police zone, or Public Works division? Select the type of area you want to see—the default is Neighborhood—and then you can set the specific area or areas below that. As with Search, some datasets' locations are generalized and may not react to these filters.

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The Places map allows you to view a wide range of City assets, including bridges and recreation space, steps, pools, historic districts, flood zones, traffic signals, and more.

You can search for data in a specific neighborhood, as well as other keywords in some of the data.
Using these checkboxes, you can turn off datasets to get a clearer view of what you're interested in. Some datasets have specific filters just for them. You can set those filters in the fields below each checkbox.
Traffic Signals
The traffic signals section includes some terms that may be new to our users. “Actuated” means that the timing of a signal is determined by the number of vehicles detected at an intersection. “Actuated ped” means that the pedestrian button must be pushed to activate the signal timing for pedestrians; “fixed per” means that a pedestrian button does not need to be pushed. “Fully actuated” means that the signals are controlled by sensors, cameras, or radar.


The Parcels map allows you to view, at the neighborhood level, delinquent properties, City-owned properties, and properties in a tax abatement program. You can also view information about any specific parcel, including type of owner, property class, sale information, county land value, and potential liens. Some information, including the owner’s name, is not included in order to protect people's privacy. While data on properties that are tax delinquent, in a tax abatement program, or city-owned comes from the City of Pittsburgh, all other data on the Parcels maps comes our partners at Allegheny County.

"Filter by Neighborhood"
Are you interested in looking at information for a particular neighborhood? Select the neighborhood you want to see—the default is the Central Business District.
You can search for specific parcels in the chosen neighborhood by entering in the parcel's ID. However, the search feature also allows you to search for things like address, owner code, and use code.
Individual Parcels
Once you’ve selected the neighborhood you’d like to see, or entered the Parcel ID, you can click on any of the parcels to see information about that property.

Wait, why are things where they are?

Markers or “pins” for each dataset show up on the map differently depending on the source. Public Safety pins are geocoded by the block or intersection of the incident or arrest using Allegheny County's geocoder, every night. Code violations are geocoded at the center of their respective parcel, which is determined by Allegheny County. 311 Requests are first geocoded by the City's 311 request tracking system. To maintain citizens' privacy these requests are then specially obfuscated. This process is handled by the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center, and they describe it this way:

For some less-sensitive request types, actual coordinates appear in the 311 open data. For more sensitive requests, coordinates representing the approximate location of the complaint are shared to protect the identity of the person making the complaint. The data file indicates whether exact or approximate coordinates have been included.

Wow, is there more like this?

Whenever possible, Burgh’s Eye View will point you to other resources for the data or information you are viewing. This includes links to the Allegheny County Real Estate Portal, the 311 Request Online Form, and the City Online Facility Rental page. All of these resources are available 24/7, just like Burgh’s Eye View.

This page has lots of links to other City data, information and resources, and you can find more at or by following the city on Twitter and Facebook.

And yes there are more projects like this to come! You can write to the team that built this at We'd love to hear your feedback, ideas, and hopes for the future of data in the City of Pittsburgh. (But please note that we may not be able to respond individually.)