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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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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 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 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 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 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