Mapping well-being in my neighborhood

A breakdown of the distribution of positive and negative indicators of well-being, crowd-sourced through discussions and interviews with neighbors, residents and people working on the Upper West Side.

I met and interviewed people on the streets of the Upper West Side (UWS) in order to learn how people thought our neighborhood was doing. I wanted to find out what drives peoples' perceptions of a neighborhood's well-being and compare it to what drives their perceptions of the Upper West Side's well-being. Speaking with 12 people— some were residents, others worked on the UWS— from a range of socio-economic backgrounds, I synthesized responses in order to define positive and negative indicators of neighborhood well-being.


What I discovered:
I discovered 3 over-arching categories when I synthesized responses: 

1. Access  (presence of public transportation, grocery stores, jobs)
2. Environment  (presence of parks, trees, bike lanes, garbage, rats)
3. Culture  (presence of small businesses, arts, diversity, long-term residents)

What I asked:
How do you know if a neighborhood is doing well or not so well?
What makes a neighborhood good?
What's good about the UWS? What could be better?


How I visualized results:
I clustered responses to the three categories and mapped their distributions. I did this in order to show how much participants emphasized certain indicators when they defined an aspirational "any" neighborhood compared to how much they emphasized certain indicators for the UWS.

I used info.gram to visualize three views of the data on a sectional pie chart. Viewers can toggle between the different "+" and "-" states to see how perspectives measure up.