Finding similar places

After exploring ways to measure happiness in cities, A Look at Spatial Happiness in Cities, using Tweepy, Text Blob, and ArcGIS, I continued to look for ways to use spatial data to glean important information about our urban surroundings. I was intrigued when a friend mentioned that, as an urban planner, she spent a lot of time identifying places similar to her project sites to serve as precedents. A precedent study is usually conducted as one of the first steps in urban planning projects. The goal is to identify applicable ideas from similar projects. If we could quantify the similarity…


How can we measure the built environment with social media?

Understanding the effects of the built environment has always been a fascination for me. How do we judge great development? How can we know urban planning is succeeding in making life better? Can we be data-driven in our analysis?

To find out how people feel about a place, architects often spend months convening community meetings and conducting surveys to gain a detailed understanding. But if we are looking for a much quicker, less exact view, Twitter sentiment analysis can perhaps provide a standardized, high volume way to understand how people feel at any given time in any given place. …

Benny Friedman

I am a spatial data scientist fascinated by how we measure our built environment.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store