HaoChe Hung, Varisa Tanti, Sean Chew

D3.js, HTML, CSS

Data Visualization for Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities Final Proejct
GSAPP, Columbia U

2022 Fall

New York City

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Inequitable Reporting of Vacant Storefronts

As COVID-19 battered New York City in 2019, neighborhoods experienced changes in storefront vacancies that varied greatly by geographic location. Once popular tourist destinations, neighborhoods like Hudson Yards and Midtown experienced a sharp decline in business activity that was well documented. Other neighborhoods, like Flushing and Astoria in Queens, experienced severe increases in vacancies while receiving less attention.

We wanted to investigate whether storefronts in less wealthy neighborhoods experience more vacancies than their wealthier counterparts. This scatterplot aims to explore the correlation between storefront vacancy rates and unit land prices of the buildings in each NTA region. Since land value can be a good indicator of how wealthy a neighborhood is, comparing vacancy rates with the median land price can suggest whether this was the case.