A Quantitative History of Human Scale Neighborhoods in America

A Quantitative History of Human Scale Neighborhoods in America

ACCOMPANIMENT TO MASTERS THESIS - 2016

 

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Can housing markets provide a peek into how people value urban design? My masters thesis at UC Berkeley takes a quantitative look at the relationships between urban design and property values in 38,000 neighborhoods in 50 US cities. Its findings indicate that moderately dense, fine grain neighborhoods with a mixture of uses have risen in value far more rapidly than their less human scale counterparts. The map above provides a peak into the history of those desirable neighborhoods – a typology that has become increasingly rare as its value rises.