As part of a planning studio, our team of 7 masters student was tasked with creating a development plan for Mumbai's 1600 acre eastern waterfront within the course of a single semester. However we found that Mumbai was a case in which finding GIS data can be hard to come by. Part of our planning process started with gathering an inventory of the existing community assets. I decided to use the Google Places API tool to help get an idea of the community assets inventory for my graduate studio.
The Google Places API can quickly search a few areas and grab results for high schools, churches/mosques/temples, and hospitals. Using the API I was able to quickly assemble and inventory of community resources which were used to evaluate areas of deficiency and strength for future planning.