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@BARIexplorer 3.0: housing, diversity, and education

by Will Pfeffer, Riley Tucker, and Edgar Castro   We built the @BARIexplorer Twitter bot last year, as a way to showcase some of the open datasets that we make available through the Boston Data Portal in a new way. The first version of the bot would pick a parcel in Boston at random and…
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Published On: April 16, 2020 |
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The Good, the Bad, and the Honest in Open Science: Refurbishing the BARI Geographical Infrastructure

by Dan O’Brien This week we are releasing the 2019 update of BARI’s Geographical Infrastructure for the City of Boston (GI). The GI is a critical resource for enabling all of BARI’s research in that it organizes the city into 17 nested levels of geography—from parcels to streets to census geographies to administrative boundaries—providing .csvs…
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Published On: December 9, 2019 |
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In which Neighborhoods are Bostonians Investing? Update 2019

by Dan O’Brien   This week we at the Boston Area Research Initiative have released our annual update of data sets that capture growth and investment in Boston through the Boston Data Portal. These include building permits and property assessments. As those who are familiar with our work know, we recognize that most people do…
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Published On: September 5, 2019 |
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Introducing @BARIexplorer

by Will Pfeffer, Riley Tucker, Edgar Castro, and Saina Sheini   A few times each year, the Boston Area Research Initiative releases updated datasets to the public. At each data release, members of our research team write blog posts detailing mini research projects, as a way to demonstrate the kind of questions these data can…
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Published On: September 4, 2019 |
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Building New Measures of Neighborhood Context with 911 Data: A User’s Guide

by Dan O’Brien   A major part of our work at the Boston Area Research Initiative is making sense of large, complex data sets that are generated by administrative processes-resources that many refer to as “big data”-in order to better understand the city. One aspect of this is developing ways to measure and track the…
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Published On: May 24, 2019 |
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Mapping crime trajectories in Boston: where did different crime rates rise, and where did they fall?

by Alex Ciomek   Crime in Boston, and nationally, varies from year to year and from neighborhood to neighborhood. Given the potential for different trends over time across Boston, we adjusted crime rates according to citywide trends in order to better understand crime trajectories in different neighborhoods. We determine how the crime trajectories of individual…
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Published On: May 23, 2019 |
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Examining Racial Segregation in Boston at Different Geographic Scales

Data Stories: The American Community Survey, 2013 – 2017   Every year, BARI updates and releases data from the American Community Survey on the Boston Data Portal. To demonstrate the value of these data, our researchers wrote a series of blog posts, highlighting some maps and insights they’ve been able to glean from the data.  …
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Published On: February 8, 2019 |
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The Cost of Gridlock: Shutdown Politics and Their Impact on Greater Boston

Data Stories: The American Community Survey, 2013 – 2017   Every year, BARI updates and releases data from the American Community Survey on the Boston Data Portal. To demonstrate the value of these data, our researchers wrote a series of blog posts, highlighting some maps and insights they’ve been able to glean from the data….
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Published On: February 6, 2019 |
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Data Stories: 2018 Geographical Infrastructure for Boston

Every year, BARI updates our Geographical Infrastructure for the City of Boston–an up-to-date database of all properties, parcels, Census blocks, Census blockgroups, and Census tracts in the city. Below, you can read just a few examples of how the BARI research team is using these tools to explore the City of Boston.     Day…
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Published On: November 12, 2018 |
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What drives “broken windows” across Boston: Neighborhoods, streets, or addresses?

by Dan O’Brien   Urban researchers and policymakers often talk about “disparities” and “inequities” across the city, but the geographic scale of these issues is often unclear. Many speak of disadvantaged neighborhoods, but are Dorchester, South Boston, and Allston-Brighton homogeneous regions, with every pocket looking and feeling the same? How do things like crime, disorder,…
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Published On: November 9, 2018 |
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