It’s happened several times since I moved to Los Angeles. I’ll get off a bus or take the wrong freeway exit and find myself asking, “what neighborhood is this?” Fortunately, news developers built tools to answer this question quickly with maps.
The Los Angeles Times has been Mapping L.A., and its data team provides regional data in all kinds of handy formats. Noah Veltman and Jenny Ye built Wherewolf.js, which performs point-in-polygon tasks, and explained how it works on Source.
Using those resources, I whipped up an interactive map that finds the user’s L.A. Times neighborhood location and provides a link to neighborhood data compiled by the Times. It’s only useful in LA County, and surely there are similar services, but I’ll always know where to find my tool: danhillreports.com/where/.