Information Visualization System for Atlanta Transit
The westside of Atalanta has been segregated, under-developed, impoverished compare to its neighboring areas. In this project, we work with the Westside Communities Alliance (WCA) to develop an interactive visualization in an effort to support the sustainable Westside development. In particular, we will focus on the development and transit perspective. Our visualization will provide a tool for real estate developers, local non-profit organizations to explore and evaluate the current public transportation system in the Atlanta metropolitan area in terms of “need” and “access”.
The targeted users of the visualization will be community stakeholders, researchers, local government agencies, and relevant foundations. In particular, real estate developers and local non-profit organizations are our primary users. Real estate developers, who are looking to buy a land or develop residential, commercial or retail structures, will be using our system to facilitate their investment decisions, to make a case in the neighborhood planning meeting, and to apply for funding from the city planning group. Local non-profit organizations such as United Way and the Blank Foundation will use our system to help them to apply for grants on projects that are beneficial to the neighborhood development. Other users include churches that offer shuttle services to the seniors and children, and public service officials, such as police and social workers.
The visualization will provide a tool for real estate developers and local non-profit organizations to explore and evaluate the current public transportation system in the Atlanta metropolitan area in terms of “need” and “access”. “Need” includes population, age, race, education, employment, car ownership and usage. “Access” looks at how the current public transit system will provide access to origins and destinations of the trip, by examining housing affordability, vacancy, and walkability.