Communities at the Crossroads: How First-Ring Suburbs Are Using Data to Revitalize Neighborhoods
Friday, November 2, 2018
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. EDT
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Many first-ring suburbs need to rekindle their market appeal to build confidence in the future of these communities. The goal of a recent project was to measure the assets and conditions of five of Cleveland’s first-ring suburbs, within the context of larger economic and social trends affecting the entire region. This project also used predictive modeling tools to assess the impact that demolition, rehabilitation, and other interventions have on building inventory and overall tax base. The majority of homes in the five suburbs were built about 60 years ago—not old enough to seem “historic” to many buyers, but of an age where remodeling is often necessary. Although most houses in these communities are well-built and well-maintained, they do not always align with preferences of contemporary home buyers. This session outlines the three components of this project: data collection on over 60,000 parcels, housing research and real estate market trends and finally predictive modeling on the impacts of housing rehabilitation and demolition. The session will conclude with an action agenda for first-ring suburbs moving forward.
Matthew Schmidt, firstname.lastname@example.org