Urban planners struggle to address the supply-demand mismatch for walkable places as they must compete for limited dollars and face stakeholder opposition.… · More Planners spend a lot of time and money internally and on consultants to create case studies or compile anecdotal evidence to help justify the need to invest in better places. Without objective data, plans are often unapproved or unfunded. State of Place identifies optimal projects and produces hard numbers that quantifies their benefits.
Uniquely, State of Place 1) quantifies walkability and quality of place based on 290+ micro-level built environment features (e.g. sidewalks, street trees, street furniture, curb cuts, lighting, etc.) and 2) forecasts the benefits tied to improving places. No other competitor - like consultants, Walk Score, UrbanLogic - offers the robust data and predictive analytics needed to identify projects with the highest bang for the buck and quantify their benefits - quickly and affordably. We offer hard data to make a data-driven case for better places while others only offer opinions.
Founder of State of Place, which quantifies what people love about cities and why it makes economic sense to make them better; Research Assistant Professor at NYU, examining sustainable urbanization in China; focus on tie between urban design & behavior; expertise in economic value of walkability.