A tale of two communities; The characterization of an urban neighborhood for community issues and urban forests in East Cleveland from two different stakeholders.

First Author's Department

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Second Author's Department

College of Architecture and Environmental Design



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Geospatial narrative was developed as a qualitative GIS approach to extend current GIS data capture capabilities. This method allows the integration of narrative interpretation with GIS to understand ephemeral and physical qualities of a location. This methodology can help assess the quality of a community and identify issues. The issues monitored by stakeholders can include failing infrastructure, vacancy, and crime for the community and disease, poor maintenance, and vandalism for urban forests. With geospatial narrative these issues can be mapped and analyzed. This project will study two geospatial narratives, from urban forestry and community stakeholders, in East Cleveland. A correlation will be determined from the data collected from the two narratives by extracting a set of keywords from each narrative. This data will assess the quality of a neighborhood and the urban forest. The project will determine whether geospatial narratives are reliable alternatives available to use for site analysis. Mapping the data from the narrative will identify a relationship with the quality of a neighborhood and the existing urban forest. This project will consult primary sources that have previously used geospatial narrative to understand methodology and results. This data offers a more considerate analysis for planning and design. Converting the stakeholder’s assessment and input into mapped data, allows for a more holistic and complete analysis of the site, which can increase the overall success of the design.