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MTI Report 01-09
GIS for Livable Communities, Examination of Community Perceptions of Assets, Liabilities and Transportation Improvements

This report examines the role that the built environment plays in the shaping of an individual’s sense of community. New tools such as GIS, which can generate detailed spatial maps, can provide information to decision makers and stakeholders about the interactions with the built environment. Combined with survey data, these maps offer information to community members and leaders that can assist in planning more livable communities. These tools allow decision-makers to incorporate the community’s sense of place and geographical spatial memories into the decision process.

ABSTRACT

Urban dwellers navigate everyday journeys through a variety of transportation connections. Transportation planning can play an instrumental part in shaping livable community goals, as it is part of the built environment that citizens’ encounter on a daily basis. This report examines the role that the built environment plays in the shaping of an individual’s sense of community. Geographical Information Systems (GIS), can generate spatial maps of a citizens’s interaction with the transportation environment. Combined with survey data, these maps offer information to community members and leaders that can help guide decision making about livable community goals. Riverside, California serves as a case study for this analysis. Based on a questionnaire and map survey, the following recommendations are made: encourage walking along and within the Magnolia Corridor; explore multimodal transportation options; examine traffic patterns in neighborhoods; develop small scale commercial activity; foster existing asset areas; consider high density residential design that unites the neighborhood; study housing stock redevelopment options; utilize GIS to involve all stakeholders. This case study illustrates how GIS can be used to illustrate and analyze citizens’s interactions with the built environment.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Dr. Horan has over 15 year research experience in conducting applied policy research at the local, regional, and national levels. He currently holds the position of Executive Director at Claremont Graduate University. He also serves as principal or co-investigator for approximately one half million dollars per year in applied research and consulting projects. His recent publications include a pending new book and numerous book chapters and articles.

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MTI Report 01-09
GIS for Livable Communities, Examination of Community Perceptions of Assets, Liabilities and Transportation Improvements
Principal Investigator: Dr. Thomas A. Horan
Published: September 2001
Keywords: City planning, Geographical information systems, Transportation, Urban development, Urban planning, Urban transportation
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