PUBLIC ART + URBAN TRANSFORMATION

THE BROOKLYN PROJECT: EXPLORING ARTS IN EVOLVING URBAN SPACES

This website is dedicated to tracking, recording, and mapping public art projects in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY with public participatory mapping technology.

In addition to mapping public art projects, this website also analyzes the rapid rate at which real estate growth has transformed the Williamsburg’s urban landscape over the past decade – looking especially at changing property values between 2001-2008 and the emergence of new properties.

The public art and real estate interactive mapping data can be used independently, or simultaneously as a tool to understand the complex interplay between public cultural expression, and changing urban spaces.

On-sight field survey data was collected in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY by Rebecca Davoudian.  The process entailed:

  • Exploring the Williamsburg neighborhood
  • Creating a general boundary for study (North – McCarren Park, East – Meeker Ave., South – Williamsburg Bridge, West – East River)
  • Identifying the locations of public art within the boundary
  • Taking pictures of the public art
  • Recording variable data for each public art piece and location

Interactive Public Art Mappler:

 

Real estate property values and information were compiled and processed by Rebecca Davoudian.  The process entailed:

  • Searching rental and sale listings on Zillow within the public art map boundary
  • Entering various variable and latitude/longitude data found on Zillow and GoogleMaps for each listing into an Excel spreadsheet and creating categories for each variable (i.e. address, latitude, longitude, new or old, 2001 listing price, 2008 listing price, percent change in value, year the property was built, developer information, square footage, lot size, number of bedrooms, and number of baths).
  • Categorizing each property as either “new” or “old”(new properties included any structures built after 2001)
  • If properties were categorized as old, and if 2001-2008 property pricing data was available, the percent change in property value was calculated
  • The Excel spreadsheet was uploaded onto the Brooklyn Gentrification Mappler site to visibly illustrate the changing face of property structures and prices

Interactive Real Estate Gentrification Mappler:

 

 

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