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Data Stories: 2018 Geographical Infrastructure for Boston

Every year, BARI updates our Geographical Infrastructure for the City of Boston–an up-to-date database of all properties, parcels, Census blocks, Census blockgroups, and Census tracts in the city. Below, you can read just a few examples of how the BARI research team is using these tools to explore the City of Boston.     Day…
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Published On: November 12, 2018 |
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What drives “broken windows” across Boston: Neighborhoods, streets, or addresses?

by Dan O’Brien   Urban researchers and policymakers often talk about “disparities” and “inequities” across the city, but the geographic scale of these issues is often unclear. Many speak of disadvantaged neighborhoods, but are Dorchester, South Boston, and Allston-Brighton homogeneous regions, with every pocket looking and feeling the same? How do things like crime, disorder,…
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Published On: November 9, 2018 |
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The Price of Nothing: Examining Boston’s 2018 Vacant Parcels

by Mike Shields   How much does that vacant lot cost? As part of the Boston Area Research Initiative’s (BARI) recent release of the 2018 Geographic Infrastructure for the City of Boston, we examined the makeup of vacant parcels within the city by neighborhood. The City of Boston systematically categorizes parcels using Property Occupancy Codes….
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Not all travel times are created equal! New data to examine distances and travel durations between Boston’s block groups and census tracts.

by Nolan Phillips   The Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) is excited to announce a new data set that is publicly available as part of our annual geographical infrastructure data release! The new data provides measurements of distances and travel durations (using several modes of travel) between Boston’s census block groups and tracts. The dataset…
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Published On: November 7, 2018 |
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Where people can pahk their cahr in Boston: A demonstration using the Geographical Infrastructure of the City of Boston

by Justin de Benedictis-Kessner   The Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) is excited to announce an update to a data set that we’ve made publicly available as part of the Boston Data Portal for several years: the Geographical Infrastructure for the City of Boston. The Geographical Infrastructure is essentially the City’s property records database along…
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Published On: November 6, 2018 |
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The Urban Commons Now Available for Pre-Order

BARI is excited to announce that The Urban Commons is officially available through Harvard University Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other booksellers. The book leverages reports received by Boston’s 311 system to tell the story of how urbanites take care of public spaces and infrastructure. This “custodianship” is apparent as people address both the everyday issues of cracked sidewalks and…
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Published On: November 5, 2018 |
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BARI Releases Report Evaluating Boston Public School’s Choice and Assignment System

In 2013 Boston Public Schools implemented a new school choice and assignment system called Home-Based, which sought to provide more students access to quality schools close to home. BARI has been working with BPS to assess how well they achieved that goal, and whether the benefits of the change were distributed evenly across Bostonians.   This…
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Published On: July 16, 2018 |
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BARI Researchers work featured in News at Northeastern

BARI Co-Director Rob Sampson, Associate Director of Research on Social Media Ryan Wang, and Post-Doc Nolan Phillips have been conducting research on segregation and urban mobility, which was recently featured in News at Northeastern.   The project uses geo-tagged twitter data to estimate users’ home location and analyze their travel patterns across the largest 50…
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Published On: July 11, 2018 |
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Planning Your Syllabus and Looking For Data? BARI Has You Covered

  Want to include locally-focused, Boston-based research projects in your course this semester? Interested in constructing curricula and assignments that incorporate “big data”? The Boston Area Research Initiative has a series of datasets at your disposal on our Boston Data Portal.   For the past 7 years, the Boston Area Research Initiative has been curating…
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Published On: June 21, 2018 |
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BARI and BPS project “The Opportunity Index” to be Featured as MetroLab Network’s Innovation of the Month for May

  The Opportunity Index, a BPS/BARI project designed to identify schools with higher concentrations of students in need of additional resources and supports to overcome opportunity gaps, will be featured as MetroLab Network’s Innovation of the Month for the month of May! The Opportunity Index is also being featured in BARI’s research profile, released in the May edition…
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Published On: May 8, 2018 |
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