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November 3, 2003

community mapping

I spent this morning walking around Hyattsville, MD, with high school kids, who were entering data about each street segment into Palm Pilots. We want to collect information that will help us see what features of each block make it attractive or unattractive for walking. For example, are the sidewalks clear and continuous? How much vegetation is there? Are there curb cuts? Is there an incline? We will later collect information about (a) people's eating and exercise habits; and (b) the availability of various types of food and recreation in the neighborhood. When we put everything together, we should be able to build a statistical model showing what features of the local environment influence people's choices to walk and buy food. We'll also be able to generate public maps showing where one can walk most safely and buy the healthiest food in the community.

November 3, 2003 10:01 AM | category: a high school civics class | Comments


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