Earth .com: New tool uses Google Street View to track neighborhood gentrification

Earth .com: New tool uses Google Street View to track neighborhood gentrification. “In this new study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, the researchers used Google Street View panoramas of properties in the urban core of Ottawa from 2007 through 2016 and developed a deep-mapping computer model to read and process the data. The model searched through the panoramas looking for indicators of gentrification like home improvements and renovations. The model was able to identify gentrification with a 95 percent accuracy compared to a human.”

University at Buffalo: How online neighborhood reviews could aid urban planning

University at Buffalo: How online neighborhood reviews could aid urban planning . ” Every day, people share a dizzying amount of information about local communities online. They talk about whether their neighbors are friendly, how well the buses run, what kinds of restaurants are in an area, and much, much more. A new study by University at Buffalo researcher Yingjie Hu shows how we can sort through this vast trove of digital data to improve cities and people’s quality of life.”

Faith In Brooklyn for November 19: Brooklyn Historical Society chronicles lives of ‘Muslims In Brooklyn’ (Brooklyn Eagle)

Brooklyn Eagle: Faith In Brooklyn for November 19: Brooklyn Historical Society chronicles lives of ‘Muslims In Brooklyn’. “Fifty oral histories will be made available to the public on an online listening portal which shares the long, varied history of the highest concentration of Muslims in any geographic area in the United States. The project will launch at a ceremony on Thurs., Dec. 6.”

Arizona State University: ASU researchers develop tool to help determine a neighborhood’s walkability

Arizona State University: ASU researchers develop tool to help determine a neighborhood’s walkability. “…researchers at ASU’s College of Health Solutions, working with computer scientists at the School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering, are developing an automated, cost-effective tool that uses Google Street View (GSV), crowdsourcing, computer vision and deep learning to virtually detect a neighborhood’s microfeatures. They want to more precisely determine the correlation between the presence of certain features and the physical activity levels of its residents.”

US Census Bureau: The Opportunity Atlas

US Census Bureau: The Opportunity Atlas. “In a new study, we construct a comprehensive census tract-level atlas of children’s outcomes in adulthood using anonymized data covering nearly the entire U.S. population. For each tract, we estimate children’s earnings distributions, incarceration rates, and other outcomes in adulthood by parental income, race and gender. These estimates allow us to trace the roots of outcomes such as poverty and incarceration to the neighborhoods in which children grew up. All research results are provided in a new publicly available online data visualization tool, the Opportunity Atlas…”

New York Times: As Google Maps Renames Neighborhoods, Residents Fume

New York Times: As Google Maps Renames Neighborhoods, Residents Fume. “For decades, the district south of downtown and alongside San Francisco Bay here was known as either Rincon Hill, South Beach or South of Market. This spring, it was suddenly rebranded on Google Maps to a name few had heard: the East Cut.”

National Institutes of Health: NIH-funded scientists put socioeconomic data on the map

National Institutes of Health: NIH-funded scientists put socioeconomic data on the map. “The Neighborhood Atlas…, a new tool to help researchers visualize socioeconomic data at the community level is now available. This online platform allows for easily ranking and mapping neighborhoods according to socioeconomic disadvantage. Seeing a neighborhood’s socioeconomic measures, such as income, education, employment and housing quality, may provide clues to the effects of those factors on overall health, and could inform health resources policy and social interventions.”