Georgia Tech Selects INDEX for Livability Project
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have selected the INDEX planning support software as a principal tool for measuring comparative livability among alternative neighborhood plans.
Three neighborhoods in key regional locations will be the subject of a special planning process to gauge livability. First, the areas' existing characteristics will be measured to establish benchmark conditions. Then existing plans will be modeled to estimate build-out impacts. Using these results as a frame of reference, participants will then formulate and model alternative plans to see if better outcomes can be achieved with altered land-use and transportatrion strategies.
Georgia Tech's College of Architecture staff selected INDEX PlanBuilder and TransitNeighbor tools for their ability to use local GIS data and their unique capabilities for integrated analysis of land-use, urban design, and transportation.
The project is a cooperative effort of Georgia Tech's SMARTRAQ Program, the Atlanta Regional Commission's Livable Centers Initiative, and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority.
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Posted July 4, 2002
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