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A New Home in a New City. The Problem. A “twenty-something” couple are moving from Boston to Pittsburgh Where should they live?. About the Couple. They are pretty typical twenty-somethings He will be attending the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Pharmacy She works in fundraising

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A new home in a new city

A New Home in a New City


The problem

The Problem

  • A “twenty-something” couple are moving from Boston to Pittsburgh

  • Where should they live?


About the couple

About the Couple

  • They are pretty typical twenty-somethings

  • He will be attending the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Pharmacy

  • She works in fundraising

  • They like being outdoors (biking, hiking, swimming, etc.)

  • They are excited to own a place and live in a neighborhood


Their neighborhood wish list

Their neighborhood wish list

  • Close to Oakland

  • Single family housing less than $150,000

  • Safe

  • Young (for Pittsburgh)

  • Urban area - able to walk or bike to shops and restaurants

  • Near a park

Not very specific…


Criterion 1 close to oakland

Broke region into census tracts

Defined “close to Oakland” as 5 mile radius from Pitt’s School of Pharmacy

Criterion 1: Close to Oakland


Criterion 1 close to oakland1

Criterion 1: Close to Oakland


Criterion 1 close to oakland2

Criterion 1: Close to Oakland


Criterion 2 homes 150 000

Criterion 2: Homes <$150,000

  • Used median house value data from 2000 Census

  • Need to factor in appreciation over past seven years

  • NAR data provides average metro area appreciation from 2000 to 2006: 24.5%


Criterion 2 homes 150 0001

Criterion 2: Homes < $150,000


Criterion 2 homes 150 0002

Criterion 2: Homes < $150,000


Criterion 3 safety

Criterion 3: Safety

  • Desire to live in a “relatively safe” neighborhood

  • Defined “relatively safe” as the 50% of tracts in target area with the lowest violent crime rates

  • Information was only available by neighborhoods and municipalities, not census tracts

  • Violent crime rate was applied to all tracts within a given neighborhood or municipality


Criterion 3 safety1

Criterion 3: Safety


Criterion 3 safety2

Criterion 3: Safety


Criterion 4 younger neighborhood

Criterion 4: Younger neighborhood

  • Approximately 23.9% of all Americans are 22-39 (2005 American Community Survey)

  • Half of tracts of interest have more than 25.40% of population aged 22-39

  • Using Median Age

    • Skews neighborhoods close to universities

    • Rachel would like to live in a neighborhood, not a transient college area


Criterion 4 younger neighborhood1

Criterion 4: Younger Neighborhood


Criterion 4 younger neighborhood2

Criterion 4: Younger Neighborhood


Criterion 5 mixed use area

Criterion 5: Mixed-use Area

  • Walkability

  • Multiple restaurants, bars, shops

  • Data very hard to find

  • Found a site that listed ~1400 bars and restaurants in Allegheny County

  • Resulted in 648 bars and restaurants for tracts within 5 miles of School of Pharmacy


Criterion 5 mixed use area1

Criterion 5: Mixed-use Area


Criterion 5 mixed use area2

Criterion 5: Mixed-use Area


Criterion 6 parks

Criterion 6: Parks


Ideal locations

Ideal Locations


Best tracts for rachel

Best Tracts for Rachel


View from mt washington

View from Mt. Washington


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