The Chicago Housing Authority severely affected community vitality by demolishing Housing Projects between 2000 and 2010.
Community Vitality measured with:
Per Capita Income
It is difficult to draw a correlation between the CHA initiative of public housing destruction and any significant changes in neighborhood quality.
The values are too divergent to draw a conclusion. However, this was a great exercise for learning how to use object-relational database management system, generate spatial queries and effectively render geographic information all with open-source software!!
The link below makes Census data available in .csv form.
Street art is normally considered the nuisance. However, these green neon lights grouped in patterns resembling grass are spotlighting a particularly horrible social ill. PHARMACY LIGHTS. These lawfully extremely bright green crosses interfere with the ambiance of the street according this art collective.
I think this street art is insightful. Because, it draws attention to something not really thought about by many as a problem. This real-life installation allows all who walks by to look , think or ignore it. I think in the pursuit to see the data, we still need to think of creative ways to intertwine our ideals into the real world for pedestrians to ask, Well what is that?
Professor Amine Ouazad presents data that shows how sub-prime mortgages actually contributed to greater segregation in communities.
This is a Professor at INSEAD a top business school based in Fountainbleau, France. His findings are not that shocking to anyone in Chicago or New York who live with in those neighborhoods.
The sub-prime mortgages were a tool of public policy to improve neighborhoods. However, the government did not update policy based on what was happening in real time in the world. What if we had a world where policy analysts could get live data from area residents on the condition of their neighborhoods. This data could inform the analysts of what works and what does not and they can ACT!!
This of course would only happen if the political will is there. Another requisite would be an Urban Information Model that contains data on home ownership, crime, and community engagement.
How can we use an Urban Information Model to make a real change in the world?