I’m more than likely preaching to the choir, but my conscience is making me say to be careful. Sometimes looking back doesn’t help with looking forward. I guess I’m just suggesting you don’t assume history will trend forward, there might be other variables at play that were blips in the decades and may not be repeated. Also, the evolution of recent events regarding aging, international migration, fluctuations in employment, foreclosures may be excluded.   






From: [] On Behalf Of Benito Perez
Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2012 10:27 AM
Subject: [CTPP] Analyzing historical geospatial Census data to assist in forecasting TAZ socioeconomic data




Good morning. Wanted to solicit ideas, tools, resources that others may be aware of in analyzing historical census data to develop growth trends that can be used in forecasting socioeconomic data for our travel demand model’s traffic analysis zones (TAZs). Thoughts? At this point I have gathered Census tract geospatial data for our region (Hampton Roads) as far back as 1960, Census Block Group geospatial data from 1990 onwards, and Census Block geospatial data from 2000 onwards. The hope is to do a geospatial analysis with these data sets to geospatially identify growth patterns across our region. Thanks for your time in your thoughts on this. I’ll be cross-posting this on the TMIP listserv as well.



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Benito O. Pérez, AICP

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