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The Many Dimensions of Change in Boston: A Data Story Series on the Building Permits and Property Assessment Datasets

  Day 1: “Seeing” Investment in Boston’s Neighborhood’s through Building Permits   Building permits offer a unique window into patterns of investment across Boston–literally capturing the physical work being done by property owners to expand, improve, and newly construct the buildings of the city. In recognition of this fact, BARI has created a series of ecometrics (i.e.,…
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Published On: April 19, 2018 |
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The Many Dimensions of Change in Boston, Day 4: Using Property Assessment Data to Calculate Changes in Properties’ Land Value and Floor Area Ratios

  Boston recently released its annual Property Assessment data, which provides detailed information on properties in Boston. The data set can be downloaded here, and documentation describing what is in the data set is available here. With the release of this dataset, there are many different questions that researchers and local practitioners can pursue at…
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Published On: April 13, 2018 |
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The Many Dimensions of Change in Boston, Day 3: A Neighborhood’s Contribution to Property Assessment

  How much does your neighborhood affect your property’s value? Every year, local governments assess the value of a property for tax purposes [1][2]. The typical tax assessment determines a property’s value based on key physical characteristics of the property and building that are used for comparison against other similar properties. Yet property values for…
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Published On: April 12, 2018 |
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The Many Dimensions of Change in Boston, Day 2: Residential Growth in Boston: Evidence from Building Permits

  The City of Boston’s building permits dataset allows us to see both how much development is happening and what types of development this is. Overall, building permits are needed for construction of new buildings, demolition of and addition to existing structures, and renovation. The occupancy type of the buildings for which these permits are…
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Published On: April 11, 2018 |
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The Many Dimensions of Change in Boston, Day 1: “Seeing” Investment in Boston’s Neighborhood’s through Building Permits

  Building permits offer a unique window into patterns of investment across Boston–literally capturing the physical work being done by property owners to expand, improve, and newly construct the buildings of the city. In recognition of this fact, BARI has created a series of ecometrics (i.e., descriptors of a neighborhood) that quantify the investment in…
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Published On: April 10, 2018 |
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MBTA Systemwide Passenger Survey Data Challenge

The MBTA, working with the Central Transportation Planning Staff, has just completed a systemwide passenger survey to collect necessary passenger demographic data for bus routes and rail stations. This project updates the 2008-2009 dataset and will be used for service planning, ridership analysis, and Title VI equity analyses. The MBTA knows this data is useful for many other…
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Published On: March 6, 2018 |
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The Many Dimensions of Change in Boston: A Series of Data Stories on the ACS 5 year estimate update

Day 1: Millennial Movement in Boston Where are Millennials choosing to live? Policymakers, planners, and researchers have all asked this question, but the BARI team set out to identify where Massachusetts Millennials are concentrating using the recently released 2012-2016 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. While sources vary on the exact timeline, the…
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Published On: January 12, 2018 |
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The Many Dimensions of Change in Boston, Day 4: Poverty Spikes During Recession and Recovery

  Poverty in the city of Boston remains above its pre-recession levels. In 2000, 19.5% of Bostonians lived below the federal poverty line. Poverty peaked at 23.3% following the recession, and based on new data from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey, it stands at 21.1% today.   Poverty is not evenly distributed across Boston, nor…
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Published On: January 11, 2018 |
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The Many Dimensions of Change in Boston, Day 3: Seaport District

  The transformation of the Seaport from an industrial zone to a thriving, tech-centered neighborhood has been the result of sustained, long-term vision. As the Boston Globe described recently, there has been over $133 million in public investment in the region and countless more in private investment. New skyscrapers have sprouted up, filled with office spaces,…
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Published On: January 10, 2018 |
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The Many Dimensions of Change in Boston, Day 2: Bike Commuting and Bike Infrastructure

  Will people bike if cities build the infrastructure to make it safer on the roads? The City of Boston has sought to further develop cycling infrastructure in the last five years, including commitments to bike lanes on reconstructed roads and the launch of several parking-protected bike lanes in the last year. But are people…
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Published On: January 9, 2018 |
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