A study led by Jinhyung Lee from Ohio State’s Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) finds deepening and self-reinforcing polarization of neighborhood housing values in Columbus, Ohio. Factors long thought to impact neighborhood values – distance to downtown, nearby highways, or attractions such as city parks – no longer matter as much as the neighborhoods themselves.
OSU News article: Gap between rich, poor neighborhoods growing in some cities
The first of three GIS status update reports commissioned by PiHG:
Miller, H. J. (2017) “Geographic information science I: Geographic information observatories and opportunistic GIScience,” Progress in Human Geography. Online publication date: May-15-2017. DOI: 10.1177/0309132517710741
Abstract: Geographic information observatories (GIOs) extend the capabilities for observatory-based science to the broad geographic data associated with a place or region. GIOs are a form of scientific instrumentation that affords a holistic view of geographic data. This potentially could lead to new insights about geographic information, as well as the human and coupled human-natural systems described by this information. In this report, I discuss GIOs in light of a timely question – what new types of GIScience should we be doing with big geographic data? I argue that GIOs also allow for a new type of opportunistic geographic information science that leverages real-world events via ongoing observation, experimentation and decision-support.
Keywords: data science, geographic information observatory, natural experiments, opportunistic science, spatial decision support
This afternoon is an event I have been anticipating for quite some time: the Good Ideas Columbus Happy Hour at Seventh Son Brewery. Transit Columbus, a local, not-for-profit community-based planning organization is sponsoring this event: it is the culmination of a months-long process involving six design teams with six ideas for transforming transportation in Columbus. Each team has a community leader (such as Mayor Michael Coleman), but consists of citizens who volunteered their time and energy to make Columbus more livable and sustainable.
Other Transit Columbus events have produced creative solutions to transportation problems in Columbus, such as the Design Your Transit event this past Autumn. We should see some good, perhaps great, ideas tonight as well. As a relatively recent transplant (re-plant?), I must say that I am very impressed with what I see in Columbus. There is a great urban fabric to work with, a committed leadership, and great grass-roots energy. People love the Cbus and believe in its future.
As their Facebook page says, “Trains, bikes, pedestrians, food and beer.” How can you go wrong? See you this afternoon at Seventh Son Brewery (1101 North 4th St).