Narratives sources

Each Address Snapshot lookup checks our "Narratives" sources for descriptions of that location and neighborhood.

The Narratives sources comprise:

Name Description Source
Chicago community area Chicago community areas are unchanging boundaries that help people orient the location to a neighborhood. City of Chicago
Chicagoland regional housing submarket/clusters These submarket/clusters are succint summaries of the housing conditions experienced in each area between 2009 and 2013 Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
Housing + Transportation Index Tracking housing affordability in a neighborhood is important, because it's the single largest cost in a household. Tracking transportation costs is important because it's the second largest cost. Moderate income means a household that earns 80% of the regional median income. The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) views affordability as when a household spends no more than 45% of its income on housing + transportation. Center for Neighborhood Technology
Large parks The Trust for Public Land and the Urban Land Institute each have programs to promote living near parks, and building new parks to ensure everyone is within about a 10 minute walk from one. This source considers parks that are 10 acres or larger. OpenStreetMap
Walkability This dataset measures when walkability is achieved: the walk is useful (there is a proper reason for walking), the walk is safe and feels safe, the walk is comfortable, and the walk is interesting. Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
Disinvested Areas and Economically Disconnected Areas These two datasets highlight places in the region least connected to the region's prosperity that may also be experiencing disinvestment. Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
Infill opportunities Areas that are highly supportive of infill development and redevelopment have a high-density road network, and higher employment and denser population. From CMAP: "They offer a variety of community types, uses, and densities, and many have high access to transit and amenities. Reinvestment in these areas may increase density or the variety of development types, but it may also focus on rehabilitation or replacement of obsolete or underutilized buildings." Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
Tree priority areas Areas that need more trees and better management of existing trees, to increase neighborhood tree coverage and reduce tree disease. The ranking is based on tree canopy coverage, existing vulnerable people (low income, few English speakers, high minority population), urban flooding, temperatures, and air quality. Ranking levels are: Very high, high, medium, low, and very low. Chicago Regional Trees Initiative (CRTI)
Unique or important infrastructure and developments This dataset ensures searchers are aware of new infrastructure and other kinds of projects in the areas they look up. Chicago Cityscape