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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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The Many Dimensions of Change in Boston, 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 Millennial generation is usually defined…
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Published On: January 8, 2018 |
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BARI and BI Announce Seed Grant Recipients for Spring 2018

The Boston Area Research Initiative and the Boston Indicators are proud to announce the recipients of research seed grants for the Spring 2018 semester. We are pleased to note that the recipients hail from two different disciplines and whose work features distinct methodologies.   The Critical Role of Public Library Branches in Boston Laura Delgado,…
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Published On: January 3, 2018 |
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BARI Featured in Microsoft New England’s Guest Blog

  Sam Levy, BARI’s Program Coordinator, wrote a guest blog for Microsoft New England to spread the word about our upcoming conference, Confronting Inequality and Economic Mobility: Data-Driven Lessons From Boston, For Boston. Through an open call for proposals, we hope to see a wide range of projects and programs from representatives of the public, private,…
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Published On: December 5, 2017 |
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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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