Understanding property conditions, development constraints, and the strengths and challenges associated with current land uses is a critical component of a successful revitalization strategy. Maps help provide an understanding of trends and challenges in a way that spreadsheets and charts alone cannot, though in combination charts and maps can tell powerful stories.
In April 2013, MAPC and volunteers conducted the Downtown Lynn Data Walk, surveying every parcel of land in the Downtown Lynn study area: a total of 434 properties. The survey included the questions below, and in addition to these, MAPC analyzed parcel files and property records from the Lynn City Assessors' Office, available through MassGIS and Patriot Properties. Survey data was collected using an application called LocalData. Information gathered during interviews with our municipal partners, local developers, business owners, residents, and institutions located in Downtown Lynn also informed our analysis.
Detailed results of this analysis are forthcoming but these interactive maps are examples of the data we intend to analyze. These were created using the MetroBoston DataCommon, an interactive data portal and online mapping tool created by the MAPC and the Boston Indicators Project and powered by WEAVE (Web-based Analysis and Visualization Environment). Stay tuned for more updates!
Downtown Lynn Data Visualization Map 1: Building and lot conditions, property uses, and visual elements observed by survey volunteers
Downtown Lynn Data Visualization Map 2: Property characteristics including year built, acreage, tax category, owner type, and more