Residential and Public USFPP and Neighborhood Segregation

In previous weeks, manifest variables of residential and public unit square foot-per-person (USFPP) were created to measure neighborhood overcrowding. An OLS regression analysis of residential USFPP suggested that census tracts with higher percentages of homeownership and median assessed value percent change tend to have larger amounts of residential space, holding all other factors constant. However, … More Residential and Public USFPP and Neighborhood Segregation

Recession Impact by Income Categories

Throughout the semester, I’ve been working to expand my understanding of how the recession and subsequent recovery periods have impacted Boston’s neighborhoods. This week, my focus is on exploring the relationship between a given Census Tract’s average median household income and its performance (based on % change in assessed value) during both the recession (2007-2011) … More Recession Impact by Income Categories

Predicting Post-Recession Neighborhood Recovery

Thus far, I’ve used various measures of neighborhood resilience to try to unpack what characteristics make a neighborhood more likely or less likely to be able to absorb the shock of the economic recession of 2007-2011 and rebound well during the subsequent recovery of 2011-2016. I’m curious what neighborhood characteristics (e.g., small share owner-occupied, large … More Predicting Post-Recession Neighborhood Recovery

Predicting Residential USFPP

In previous weeks, manifest variables of residential and public unit square foot-per-person (USFPP) were created to measure neighborhood overcrowding. Yet the question remains as to how these two variables relate to other measures of neighborhood characteristics. For this week’s assignment, variables from the longitudinal and cross-sectional Boston Tax Assessor’s database were selected based on a … More Predicting Residential USFPP

Mapping Neighborhood Overcrowding

In previous weeks, neighborhood overcrowding was separated into two separate manifest variables, including private strain (average number of living units per residential house parcel) and public strain (number of public parcels per person). However, given the limitations of the data, these measures were reconceptualized using the cross-sectional Boston tax assessor’s database for 2016. While the … More Mapping Neighborhood Overcrowding

Mapping the City: Neighborhood Resilience

Thus far, we’ve been solely focused on identifying trends in Boston, without actually looking at how these trends manifest on a map. This week, I’ve created a few maps that begin to visually show my assessment into Neighborhood Resiliency. This visual approach allows you to begin to more easily see trends in adjacent neighborhoods and … More Mapping the City: Neighborhood Resilience

Linking Data: Neighborhood Resiliency

Within the longitudinal tax assessor’s database, there are a number of potential latent constructs that could be measured. I’ll be using the dataset to assess “Neighborhood Resiliency”. “Resilience is the capacity of a system to continually change and adapt, yet remain within critical thresholds — even when confronted with the unexpected.” (City of Johannesburg 2011, … More Linking Data: Neighborhood Resiliency

Neighborhood Overcrowding as a Latent Construct

A major public health issue facing cities worldwide is overcrowding, and with an ever-increasing influx of students to the Boston area, this problem has become increasingly pronounced. In early 2015, the Boston Globe’s Spotlight investigation team uncovered hundreds of dwellings illegally converted into multi-unit homes designed to house a score of undergraduates (Abelson, 2015). Considering … More Neighborhood Overcrowding as a Latent Construct

Proposing New Measures: Neighborhood Resiliency

From a theoretical perspective, a latent construct is an overarching theme or pattern that can be best assessed by using manifest variables. Manifest variables are ways that a latent construct manifests itself in observable, measurable elements. From an urban informatics perspective, ecometrics serve as a measurement about the characteristics of a given space (e.g., neighborhood). … More Proposing New Measures: Neighborhood Resiliency