HUD map site draws a crowd

HUD map site draws a crowd

A Web union between the Housing and Urban Development Department and the Environmental Protection Agency has produced a hit'or, more precisely, a lot of hits.

The HUD Environmental Maps site, at, lets visitors find specific environmental data about communities. But the site, which pulls data from HUD community files and EPA environmental records, initially crashed because of a request overload.

HUD planned for a maximum of 40 simultaneous hits to the E-Maps site, but in the first four hours of operation the site received more than 10,000 requests to print maps, HUD officials said. The department upgraded the system to handle 360 simultaneous hits.

The hits have dropped off since the site went online early this month. HUD estimates the E-Maps site now receives about 8,000 requests for maps each weekday.

'Tony Lee Orr, William Jackson and Susan M. Menke

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