Spatial Distribution as a Factor in the Evaluation of Community Assets
Mar 5th, 2008
Filiz Ozel, D.Arch.
Professor, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Associate Vice Provost, Graduate College
Arizona State University
Recipient of Stardust Center Seed Grant, 2006-2007
Community revitalization typically requires an initial evaluation of the community’s resources and assets. Many socio-economic conditions, development opportunities, and cultural heritage assets are spatial in nature and distributed throughout a neighborhood. Their spatial distribution can in many cases enhance or decrease the value that can be gained from a particular asset.
This research aims to develop a model for the role spatial distribution, interaction and overlap can play in the evaluation of a community’s assets in a multi-stakeholder environment. The introduction of geographic information systems (GIS) provides such a modeling effort an additional dimension for asset management decision-making by allowing residents to examine spatial factors using GIS maps.
The study is particularly significant to community-based organizations and government agencies involved in community revitalization. In this study, the Sunnyslope neighborhood in Phoenix, Arizona was selected as a case study for the development of the model and related GIS maps.