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The Gains of Greater Granularity: The Presence and Persistence of Problem Properties in Urban Neighborhoods

In a recent paper, BARI Co-Directors Dan O’Brien and Chris Winship demonstrated the presence and persistence of ‘‘problem properties’’ with elevated levels of crime and disorder in Boston. Importantly, they find that this additional geographic detail offers a wealth of information beyond the traditional focus on at-risk neighborhoods, and even the more recent attention to…
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Published On: September 5, 2017 |
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BARI and BI Award Three Research Seed Grants for Fall 2017

The Boston Area Research Initiative and the Boston Indicators are proud to announce the recipients of research seed grants for the Fall 2017 semester. We are pleased to note that the recipients hail from three Boston area universities and their work features distinct methodologies, from evaluating mapping as a decision making support system to using…
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Boston Neighborhood Survey Data Now Available on the Boston Data Portal

BARI has published data from the Boston Neighborhood Survey (BNS) through the Boston Data Portal.   The release took place in conjunction with a Community-Based Training on the Boston Data Portal that was hosted at Northeastern Crossing on June 23rd. Remarks on the value and utility of the data were provided by Dan O’Brien, BARI…
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Published On: July 6, 2017 |
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BARI to Release Data from the Boston Neighborhood Survey

BARI is pleased to announce that later this month we will publish data from the Boston Neighborhood Survey (BNS) through the Boston Data Portal. The BNS asked respondents about topics including: (1) community norms and neighborhood resources, (2) respondents’ sense of community well-being and perceptions of community safety, (3) demographic characteristics, and (4) the well-being…
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Published On: June 6, 2017 |
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BARI Publishes 2017 Version of its Geographical Infrastructure for the City of Boston

  BARI has published the 2017 version of its Geographical Infrastructure for the City of Boston on the Boston Data Portal. The Geographical Infrastructure is a hierarchical database that organizes Boston at 17 different geographical levels–including land parcels, streets, census geographies, and other administrative regions. This structure enables aggregate calculations from lower levels to higher…
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BARI’s Ryan Wang Awarded Research Grant from Northeastern University

                BARI Assistant Director of Research on Social Media and Northeastern Professor, Qi “Ryan” Wang, in collaboration with Professor Len Albright, have been awarded a FY18 TIER 1 Research grant from Northeastern University  for their project, “Neighborhood Connectivity and Social Inequality: Urban Travel Imbalances Based on Google Traffic…
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Published On: March 31, 2017 |
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BARI Releases Updated Census Indicators on Boston Data Portal

BARI has published updated demographic, socioeconomic, and housing indicators for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from the 2011-2015 American Community Survey in the Boston Data Portal . The release includes 45 indicators across 7 categories: 1) Sex, Age, and Density; 2) Racial and Ethnic Composition; 3) Economic measures; 4) Family and Household information; 5) Highest Level of Education completed; 6) Method of…
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Published On: March 23, 2017 |
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BARI’s Spring Conference: A Reflection from Co-Director Dan O’Brien

  First, I want to thank everyone who participated in BARI’s Spring Conference, “Data-Driven Research, Policy, & Practice: Lessons from Boston, for Boston,” because it would not have been possible without you. I have had a few days (and a snow storm) to reflect on what lessons we in fact learned over the day-and-a-half of…
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Published On: March 16, 2017 |
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BARI and URBAN.Boston Ask the Question, “How Can Researchers Engage Communities for Social Change?”

Last Wednesday, BARI, in conjunction with URBAN.Boston, hosted an event at Codman Square Health Center asking the question, “How can urban researchers engage communities for social change?” The evening was structured to foster conversation between researchers and community members and organizations. The night began with brief presentations by five graduate students from local universities who…
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Published On: February 13, 2017 |
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Northeastern Named Department of Transportation “Beyond Traffic Innovation Center”

Northeastern University was recently named a Beyond Traffic Innovation Center by the Department of Transportation to help address our nation’s transportation challenges. The effort is a response to a recent DoT report, “Beyond Traffic 2045,” that found our transportation system and current planning mechanisms insufficient to respond to factors like population growth, new technology, and…
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Published On: February 8, 2017 |
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