GIS Analysis Of The Dequindre Cut

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A brief analysis of population and housing around the Dequindre Cut greenway trail in Detroit, MI. Presented to grad class UP6700 at Wayne State University.

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GIS Analysis Of The Dequindre Cut

  1. 1. GIS ANALYSIS OF THE DEQUINDRE CUT Justin Lyons July 23, 2014
  2. 2. Contents • Background • Project Scope • Map Layers • Project Tools • Observations • Conclusion • Sources 2
  3. 3. Background • The Dequindre Cut is a rails to trails, greenway project in Detroit, MI • Located on east side between Eastern Market and Detroit Riverfront • Currently 1.35 miles long and runs below grade • Mack Ave extension to be completed Spring 2015 3
  4. 4. Project Scope Analyze population and housing around the Dequindre Cut greenway in Detroit, MI • Concentrate on six entry points to trail 4
  5. 5. Map Layers • Streets (Esri) • Block Group Demographics (US Census) • Detroit Schools (City of Detroit) Key research attributes: • Population • Housing Units • Vacant Units • Occupied Units • Rental vs. Owner Occupied 5
  6. 6. Project Tools Application a variety of geoprocessing tools to compile and analyze data 1. Created a geodatabase to store all project information 2. Manually located six entry points and converted graphics to features 3. Formed ½ mile and ¼ mile buffers around each entry point 4. Intersected block group demographics with buffers 5. Selected schools with in buffers and create a new layer 6. Generated summary statistics to further analyze data by entry point 6
  7. 7. Observations Majority of population is located around entry points 4 and 5 • Entry point 4: 6,428 people • Entry point 5: 4,331 people 7
  8. 8. Observations Entry point 4 has the most housing units within a half mile • 5,161 units 8
  9. 9. Observations Vacant housing is located primarily around entry point 4 • 17% of units within a half mile of entry point 4 9
  10. 10. Observations Seven schools within a half mile of an entry point • Two high schools • Five K-8 schools 10
  11. 11. Conclusion • Majority of housing and population along the Dequindre Cut is concentrated around the central entry points • Primarily rental housing (ex: 75% renters within half mile of entry point 4) • Students in area could use path as access to schools • Research opportunity for economic development and increase density 11
  12. 12. Sources • ArcGIS 10.1 • Map Layers • World Street Map (Arc GIS Online) • Detroit Public Schools (City of Detroit) • Block Group Demographics (US Census) • “Dequindre Cut.” Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. http://detroitriverfront.org/riverfront/dequindre- cut/dequindre-cut 12

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