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Summer 2011


Geographic information systems


The goals for this project entailed collecting both quantitative and qualitative data about selected neighborhoods in Portland. The quantitative data included photo documentation of all buildings and lots (e.g. parking lots or vacant lots) within the study areas. Other empirical data collected included the address(es) of the buildings, the number of stories and/or mailboxes, land use categories such as commercial or residential (including exclusive as well as mixed use categories), the name and type of business, and the spatial coordinates of the building (latitude/longitude). This data was collected in order to provide an objective "picture" of the neighborhood at a given point in time and assess the ability to map and analyze this micro-level data using GIS (geographic information systems).

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