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Unread 08-12-2010, 09:51 AM
 
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Default The Dynamic City - my quality of life project

Hi folks, I'm a student from CUNY and I am planning to major on Urban Studies. One of my professors gave me a project to detail the quality of life in NYC. I wanted to make the focus of a my project a unique one, instead of relying on locations to describe conditions, I wanted to use people. So I deviced several to group people based on four identities.

The Entrenched: High density of people living close to one another, usually sharing the same background.

The Mobile: These are the people that always seek opportunities for jobs, education, comfort, diversity, what have you. They are usually surrounded by people of different background.

The Expansionists: After the mobile settle down, they start building connections, and are joined by other like minded people. Are able to create thriving communities.

The Rangers: People that move at a fast rate and can drive out the previous inhabitants. The different between them and the expansionists is that they don't usually interact with those outside of their background.

These identities are given a value from 1 to 10. Based on five parameters:

Health
Safety
Culture
Intellectuality
Cooperation


Each are worth 2 points if the behaviors and customs of the people tend to the positive. Zero points if they tend to be on the negative, and 1 if it's in between. I think we all know what is positive and negative behavior. But just to give an example, people who don't do anything about huge piles of garbage near their houses would get a zero for Health.

What will really make my project dynamic is the use of three separate categories, Live, Work, Play where the four identities are able to shift around. I will also include interaction over time of them. I hope not to use common neighborhood names, and instead on original interpretations. I want to first look at the dynamics of Brooklyn. Feel free to post your comments or suggestions.
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Unread 08-12-2010, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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So I deviced several
The word is devised. What, exactly, are they teaching people in college these days?

The first thing I noticed was that you took existing types, or groupings, or whatever you want to call them, and just assigned different names to them. Your "Rangers" sound peculiarly like "Hipsters."

I'm not certain what makes this project dynamic. When you get right down to it, it's just a glorified classification system. It doesn't necessarily relate to "quality of life," which is itself a largely meaningless term.
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Unread 08-12-2010, 04:43 PM
 
Location: No Sleep Til Brooklyn
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Wow, as if no one has ever made a typo.

AllenDulles, people on this site love to talk, but I'm not sure what you are asking.
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Unread 08-13-2010, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Border of the 101/100 Precincts
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Hi folks, I'm a student from CUNY and I am planning to major on Urban Studies. One of my professors gave me a project to detail the quality of life in NYC. I wanted to make the focus of a my project a unique one, instead of relying on locations to describe conditions, I wanted to use people. So I deviced several to group people based on four identities.

The Entrenched: High density of people living close to one another, usually sharing the same background.

The Mobile: These are the people that always seek opportunities for jobs, education, comfort, diversity, what have you. They are usually surrounded by people of different background.

The Expansionists: After the mobile settle down, they start building connections, and are joined by other like minded people. Are able to create thriving communities.

The Rangers: People that move at a fast rate and can drive out the previous inhabitants. The different between them and the expansionists is that they don't usually interact with those outside of their background.

These identities are given a value from 1 to 10. Based on five parameters:

Health
Safety
Culture
Intellectuality
Cooperation


Each are worth 2 points if the behaviors and customs of the people tend to the positive. Zero points if they tend to be on the negative, and 1 if it's in between. I think we all know what is positive and negative behavior. But just to give an example, people who don't do anything about huge piles of garbage near their houses would get a zero for Health.

What will really make my project dynamic is the use of three separate categories, Live, Work, Play where the four identities are able to shift around. I will also include interaction over time of them. I hope not to use common neighborhood names, and instead on original interpretations. I want to first look at the dynamics of Brooklyn. Feel free to post your comments or suggestions.
out of curiosity, do you go to Hunter?
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Unread 08-13-2010, 10:50 PM
 
Location: New York
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How would you measure "intellectuality" and "cooperation"?
And also, how do you justify splitting the NYC population into those 4 categories (as opposed to other ones)?
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