Sohrab Rahimi is a trained architect who is using Yelp restaurant reviews to find out which kinds of couples choose which kinds of restaurants in the city, and what they value in those restaurants.
Families with children (keyword: family, kids, children) tend to go to areas with more parking lots, and like restaurants with good value and food.
Dating couples (keywords: boyfriend/girlfriend/date) tend to choose areas in the downtown and focus on great ambiance and cozy spaces.
Married couples (keywords: husband, wife, anniversary) also prefer good value and high rated food.
Friendly infrastructure can help foster interpersonal relationships and communicate that the government cares about the lives of the community. Friendly infrastructure, like public transit, parks, bike paths, etc. helps people meet, spend time together, enjoy the natural and built environment, keep in touch, and maintain a high quality of (social) life.
We wanted to show State College how friendly our bus system is by dressing up the buses for Halloween. Local elementary school students gave us drawings of what they thought would be great bus costumes, and we designed the costumes. On Halloween, the buses were dressed as a bunny, witch, shark, spaceship and a taco....This video shows our original concept, and 8 80 Cities, The Knight Foundation and STEMComm made this project a reality!
One definition of geographic social capital (GSC) is the spatial distribution of our social ties. In this video, we talk about our friend Steve, who has contacts all over the U.S., which shape his movement, telecommunications patterns, thinking and influences. Thanks to Sara Cavallo and Maggie Logan for design and input.
As GIS analysts, we are interested in mapping interpersonal relationships. This example shows how complicated the geo-story of a single person can be--and yet, we still imagine repeating this process for an entire population. These individual actions add up to networks of travel and information transfer that we can use to understand globalization and human settlement patterns.
Xi Liu is trained in GIScience and network analysis, and has created a network of migrants traveling between U.S. cities. These data are from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and track those who moved between tax years between 2012 and 2013.
High-income tax filers tend to flock to hub cities that are attractive to retirees such as Naples, Florida and Cape Coral, Florida. Lower-income tax filers create a network that resembles a chain, where people move to a nearby towns. Popular metropolitan areas include Chicago, Miami and Dallas.
Migrants form a network of college towns, preferring these cities to more proximal, highly populated cities.
Sohrab and Clio on how FCL studies romance in the city. http://news.psu.edu/story/406352/2016/04/25/research/researchers-study-locations-role-romance Image: Tom Klimek. Article by Katie Bohn.
Happy Holidays 2017!
Delivering surveys in Bellefonte.
Michael presenting our first poster on romantic relationships in the city!
Thanks to our undergraduate researchers Joey and Xuan for helping with the Neighborhood Connectivity Survey data!
Hanzhou, Xi, Michael and Zixuan pose with our beloved poster. The poster shows our research on what romantic relationships need from the built environment! Hint: (1) the outdoors and (2) restaurants.