Proposing New Measures-Livability Index for the Elderly

The present zoning clearances data set presents a number of opportunities to test latent construct modelling and for identifying key manifest variables that may be linked to this phenomenon. As discussed in the previous module on Eco-metrics, we will be using various observable, and manifest variables to explain our latent construct model .For this data … More Proposing New Measures-Livability Index for the Elderly

Latent Construct: Economic Development in Business Licenses

Development over the years The business licenses dataset has many hidden aspects to explore. One of the interesting approaches one can take is to look for changes in number of certain business types in different neighborhoods by time. this can show the economic development patterns that can later be compared with the population change. Population … More Latent Construct: Economic Development in Business Licenses

Proposing a new measure: property stability

In 2000, there were 597 parcels with land use type “EA” (urban redevelopment corporation properties). By 2015, 383 remained classified EA, while others had become residential or mixed use properties, primarily. Another 245 properties that were not classified EA in 2000 were now classified as EA in 2015. After brainstorming with others in the tax … More Proposing a new measure: property stability

How Many are Affordable housing in the New Construction?

The latent construct I would like to measure with building permits is the investment rate of affordable housing. The Inclusionary Development Policy requires that at least 15 percent of units of in housing development should be affordable to those with incomes below 70 percent of area median income in order to keep neighborhoods diverse. I … More How Many are Affordable housing in the New Construction?

Consumption of Residential Space

The latent variable that I propose to measure is the Consumption of Residential Space. I propose that the Consumption of Residential Space can create a deeper understanding of the city by provide a framework for evaluating the state of residential consumption at a given time. Measured over time, this can give a place a residential development “pulse” … More Consumption of Residential Space

Proposing New Measures: Dreaming about what Boston could be.

At first glance, our zoning clearances dataset seems rather boring and even constrained. We have all factor data, and most of the variables are iterations of the same concept: a particular entity that can or cannot be zoned in a given area in Boston. And what can be done with entirely theoretical data? Just because … More Proposing New Measures: Dreaming about what Boston could be.

Measuring access to childcare in Boston

One latent construct that I am considering measuring with my business licenses data set is access to childcare in the city. I think it is interesting because childcare has become increasingly expensive across the country and specifically in Massachusetts. Additionally, many people move out of the city into the suburbs once they have children. Although … More Measuring access to childcare in Boston

Food Deserts: Do Certain Neighborhoods Struggle to Gain Access to Healthy, Affordable Foods?

One latent construct I would like to measure is access to food in specific neighborhoods, especially is they could be considered a food desert. I would like to figure out a way to normalize the numbers of businesses identified. I was considering putting them into ratios by population; for example: one grocery store for every … More Food Deserts: Do Certain Neighborhoods Struggle to Gain Access to Healthy, Affordable Foods?

A Glimpse Through Time – Neighborhood Character

The latent construct I would like to measure is the character change of Boston neighborhoods through time. This research focuses on residential properties and their relationship with other significant attributes included in the tax assessors data file. Change in each variable can be evaluated over time to determine what, if any, changes occurred in a … More A Glimpse Through Time – Neighborhood Character