Reinvent Albany joined a letter from Smart Growth America and 35 other organizations calling for the U.S. Census to continue to release its 2020 Census Data Products at the same level of detail and geography as in 2010. Specifically, the U.S. Census has proposed limiting the Demographic and Housing Characteristics (DHC) file, and its detailed version (Detailed DHC) to the county level. The groups argued that this would harm important research and analysis efforts. For example, environmental justice analysis, required by the Environmental Protection Act, couldn’t be conducted on transit project impacts on protected classes of race, ethnicity, and age.
The full letter and more information is available here.