Mr. Louis Merlin, AICP
UNC CH Department of City and Regional Planning
Iím more than likely preaching to the choir, but my conscience is making me say to be careful. Sometimes looking back doesnít help with looking forward. I guess Iím just suggesting you donít 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.
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 modelís 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. Iíll be cross-posting this on the TMIP listserv as well.
Benito O. Pťrez, AICP
Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization
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