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What’s your State of Place™ ?  A  streamlined  decision-­‐‑making  tool  that  makes  it  easier  and  more  cost  efficient...
In the stiff competitive “place market”       walkability is no longer an             “intangible luxury”
But…there is a shortage of walkabilityPublic policy hurdles +Legal issues +NIMBYism +Lack of benchmarks and metrics= More ...
Enter, State of Place™ ?¤  Art  à  Science:  Quantifying  walkability	¤  Comprehensive,  Objective,  Reliable	¤  Captu...
First step: Quantifying WalkabilityCollect street-level built environment data on 250+ micro-scalefeatures•  Sidewalk pres...
Raters receive walkability trainingRaters receive full day training; tested for accuracy/reliabilityData can be collected ...
Next step: CalculateState of Place™ Index
Next Step: Create       State of Place™ Diagnosis                               0%	 10%	 20%	 30%	 40%	 50%	 60%	 70%	 80%...
Index & Diagnosis based onState of Place™ Algorithm Dimensions                     Description/Example Items Density      ...
Uniquely, the State of Place™       diagnosis allows users to identify       neighborhood assets       & areas in need of ...
Density                 Dimensions - Assets                 State of Place™PedestrianAmenitiesFormTraffic Safety
State of Place™  Dimensions –  Need improvementConnectivity                        Aesthetics               Safety
But another key value proposition =State of Place™ is tied to economicperformance   Correlated Economic Performance       ...
State of Place™ is a powerfuldecision-making tool
Evaluate neighborhoods based onState of Place™ IndexLike a credit or bond rating for neighborhoods; Helpsguide investment ...
State of Place™ = Economic IndicatorCan quantify the value of place….The State of Place™ index is linked topremiums of up ...
And because State of Place™     dimensions are each     tied to distinct ROI                                              ...
!"#"$%&(%)*                    !"#   $!"#   %!"#   &!"#   !"#   (!"#     )!"#   *!"#   +!"#   ,!"#   $!!"#           -./0#...
Intervention             Sidewalk               FaçadeScenario Analysis - EXAMPLE    Options              improvement     ...
Next Step: Prioritize Planned Interventions       based on State of Place™ Diagnosis¤  FIRST PHASE:                      ...
Prioritize Planned Interventions¤  SECOND PHASE:                                                         !"#"$%&(%)*  ¤ ...
Metropolitan Washington Council of        Governments, DC Metro Region                     !"#$%$#& ()#(* +#*,#(-$" .)%(/#...
Conservation Law FoundationVentures, Boston, MA¤  CLFV à Creating Healthy Neighborhood Equity Fund¤  Piloting State of ...
State of Place™ current & future “imprint”…¤  Applicable across urban, suburban, & rural communities   ¤  IMI data has b...
Let’s boost your State of Place™ !
What’s your State of Place™ ?     www.urbanimprint.com/state-of-place
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What's your State of Place™ ? A decision-making tool for walkability interventions, investments, and policy that maximize the triple bottom line

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A step by step approach for quantifying walkability, diagnosing communities' walkability strengths and weakness, and prioritizing walkability interventions, investments and policies that will maximize the triple bottom line in the face of fiscal constraints. State of Place™ is a streamlined decision-making tool that offers a cost-efficient, effective, transparent, and accountable approach to boost walkability, sustainability, and profitability.

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What's your State of Place™ ? A decision-making tool for walkability interventions, investments, and policy that maximize the triple bottom line

  1. 1. What’s your State of Place™ ? A  streamlined  decision-­‐‑making  tool  that  makes  it  easier  and  more  cost  efficient  for  cities  to  enhance  walkability  and  maximize  the  triple   bo;om  line  in  a  transparent  and  accountable  way Mariela Alfonzo, Ph.D. Founder, State of Place President, Urban Imprint Research Fellow/Adjunct Professor, NYU-Poly www.urbanimprint.com/state-of-place
  2. 2. In the stiff competitive “place market” walkability is no longer an “intangible luxury”
  3. 3. But…there is a shortage of walkabilityPublic policy hurdles +Legal issues +NIMBYism +Lack of benchmarks and metrics= More difficult to finance/underwrite/create/deliver Lack effective, cost efficient methods that demystify the process of identifying, differentiating, and creating the quality places people want
  4. 4. Enter, State of Place™ ?¤  Art  à  Science:  Quantifying  walkability ¤  Comprehensive,  Objective,  Reliable ¤  Captures  “Micro-­‐‑scale”  &  “Sensory”  features ¤  Diagnostic,  Empirically-­‐‑Based ¤  Ties  Place  Quality,  Economic  Impact ¤  Facilitates  Evidence-­‐‑based  decision  making,  Accountability ¤  Provides  empirically-­‐‑based  ROI  predictions,  Customizable
  5. 5. First step: Quantifying WalkabilityCollect street-level built environment data on 250+ micro-scalefeatures•  Sidewalk presence, street trees, street benches, parks, street facades, land uses, etc.Using Irvine Minnesota Inventory•  Reliable, used widely in research
  6. 6. Raters receive walkability trainingRaters receive full day training; tested for accuracy/reliabilityData can be collected for sample of blocks in a neighborhood oron a select number of blocks•  10-12 min/blockNeighborhood defined based on existing boundaries
  7. 7. Next step: CalculateState of Place™ Index
  8. 8. Next Step: Create State of Place™ Diagnosis 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Density Form Proximity Connectivity Parks  &  Public  Space Pedestrian  Amenities Safety  from  Crime Traffic  Safety Aesthetics Physical  Activity  Facilities
  9. 9. Index & Diagnosis based onState of Place™ Algorithm Dimensions Description/Example Items Density Measure of enclosure based on building concentrations and height Proximity Presence of non-residential land uses Connectivity Measure of disconnectivty; Potential Barriers (e.g., six-lane roads) Form Measure of streetscape discontinuity (e.g. drive- thrus) Parks and Public Space Parks, Playgrounds, Plazas, Playing Fields Pedestrian Infrastructure/ Curbcuts, Sidewalks, Street Furniture, Bike Racks Amenities Personal Safety Graffiti, Litter, Windows with Bars Traffic Measures Traffic Signals, Speed Limit, Traffic Calming Aesthetics (Pleasurability & Attractiveness, Open Views, Outdoor Dining, Maintenance) Maintenance Physical Activity Facilities Gym/Fitness Facilities, Other Recreational Uses
  10. 10. Uniquely, the State of Place™ diagnosis allows users to identify neighborhood assets & areas in need of improvement 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Density Form Proximity Connectivity Parks  &  Public  Space Pedestrian  Amenities Safety  from  Crime Traffic  Safety Aesthetics Physical  Activity  Facilities
  11. 11. Density Dimensions - Assets State of Place™PedestrianAmenitiesFormTraffic Safety
  12. 12. State of Place™ Dimensions – Need improvementConnectivity Aesthetics Safety
  13. 13. But another key value proposition =State of Place™ is tied to economicperformance Correlated Economic Performance + $9 sf office rents + $7 sf retail rents +80% retail revenues + $300/unit res. rent +81 sf for-sale res. value From Brookings Institution report, “Walk this Way”
  14. 14. State of Place™ is a powerfuldecision-making tool
  15. 15. Evaluate neighborhoods based onState of Place™ IndexLike a credit or bond rating for neighborhoods; Helpsguide investment & underwriting; Aids branding; Siting *Risk averse investors; Steady ROI *Regional retailer siting *Risk tolerant investors; Higher ROI *Aggressive developer enters market *Target for social equity advocates
  16. 16. State of Place™ = Economic IndicatorCan quantify the value of place….The State of Place™ index is linked topremiums of up to:+74% residential rents/unit+$1200/unit residential rent+108% office rents+84% retail rents+23% premium valuation beforerecession;+44% premium postFor DC, this translates into up to:+$744 mill in residential property taxes/neighborhood+$96 mill in retail taxes generated/neighborhood
  17. 17. And because State of Place™ dimensions are each tied to distinct ROI !"#"$%&(%)* !"# $!"# %!"# &!"# !"# (!"# )!"# *!"# +!"# ,!"# $!!"# -./0# 1234#Very Good ROI 5246# 7214# 6/5-# Good ROI 7/.8# 75/94# :.33# 45-2# Fair ROI 75-#
  18. 18. !"#"$%&(%)* !"# $!"# %!"# &!"# !"# (!"# )!"# *!"# +!"# ,!"# $!!"# -./0# VeryGood 1234# ROI 5246# 7214# 6/5-#Good 7/.8# ROI 75/94# :.33# Fair 45-2# ROI 75-# Next Step: Assess current performance against estimated ROI Assess current performance Predict ROI Balance Costs, Benefits
  19. 19. Intervention Sidewalk FaçadeScenario Analysis - EXAMPLE Options improvement improvement Project Costs $500,000.00 $250,000.00 SoP Dimension Ped. Amenities Aesthetics Current 50% 25% PerformanceState of Place™ ROI Impact Factor 6 7 Predicted SoP Performance 10% 15% Increase Walkability Impact 7 4 Baseline Indicator Office Rents $25 Predicted $3.13/sf $1.89/sf Economic Upside
  20. 20. Next Step: Prioritize Planned Interventions based on State of Place™ Diagnosis¤  FIRST PHASE: !"#"$%&(%)* ¤  Add grid of streets !"# $!"# %!"# &!"# !"# (!"# )!"# *!"# +!"# ,!"# $!!"# FORM -./0# ¤  Add Commercial 1234# office, retail, DENS 5246# 7214# housing (as market 6/5-# bears) 7/.8# 75/94# ¤  Add infill Metrorail PROX :.33# station 45-2# CONN 75-# ¤  Add BRT Transit Line
  21. 21. Prioritize Planned Interventions¤  SECOND PHASE: !"#"$%&(%)* ¤  Add sidewalks, buffers -./0# !"# $!"# %!"# &!"# !"# (!"# )!"# *!"# +!"# ,!"# $!!"# ¤  Add street furniture PEDS 1234# 5246# ¤  Add plaza, public 7214# space TRAF 6/5-# 7/.8# ¤  Streetscape AEST 75/94# improvements :.33# 45-2# ¤  Traffic calming 75-#
  22. 22. Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, DC Metro Region !"#$%$#& ()#(* +#*,#(-$" .)%(/#0()# 12,) !"# $#%&( )*+,*- ./01#/#(2,2&( !1!"#$%& !(")%"* ¤  Diagnosing 95 neighborhoods in the+%%",)- .#//,%% !"#$%& ()&*#++ ,%%)-. !"#$%& 0%(/ region /%5%60%"7 / 0 12 3412 ¤  Creating place profiles – based on assets and areas in need of improvement ¤  Informing Strategic Investment Plan for region
  23. 23. Conservation Law FoundationVentures, Boston, MA¤  CLFV à Creating Healthy Neighborhood Equity Fund¤  Piloting State of Place™ as project & neighborhood screening tool¤  Creating estimated State of Place™ scores based on proposed projects ¤  Calculating potential upside
  24. 24. State of Place™ current & future “imprint”…¤  Applicable across urban, suburban, & rural communities ¤  IMI data has been collected in California, Minneapolis, Houston, Iowa, North Carolina RT, Denver, Salt Lake City, Kansas, Arkansas, Michigan, Illinois…¤  Rolling out State of Place in other metros ¤  San Francisco/Bay area – Spring 2013 ¤  Houston, Phoenix, Seattle, Los Angeles¤  Incorporating a broader set of economic indicators ¤  Job creation, retention, firm recruitment ¤  Health Metrics¤  App – available soon!¤  Partnering with universities¤  Working with underprivileged community ¤  Brownsville + NYU-Poly¤  China – in progress!
  25. 25. Let’s boost your State of Place™ !
  26. 26. What’s your State of Place™ ? www.urbanimprint.com/state-of-place

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