Location Evaluation

 

NEIGHBOURHOOD: ___________________________________________________

 

1.Overall Feeling (this is based on a purely subjective impression)

A. Initial thoughts and impressions (purely physical and emotional) Score 1-5 (1 worst – 5 best)

Provide a brief description using single words:

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Score:   1  2  3  4  5

2. Demographic- Determine the age, gender, income, religion, safety of area. Based on a highly generalized overview of the neighbourhood (acknowledging the specific time you came to see that neighbourhood)

2. a. Provide a brief description using single words:

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2. b. Assessment: provide a brief personality assessment of people and neighbourhood (all of this helps to paint a picture of that demographic. Ex: dogs/cats, parks, schools (elementary or high school), sports, parks, clothing, cars, bikes, purchasing behaviours, cross-walks, etc.

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3. Businesses in the area (take note of what kinds of business exist in the area. BE SURE TO GO INSIDE AND COLLECT BUSINESS CARDS. (This will help you paint a picture of the neighbourhood later down the line).

Ex: Shoppers Drug Mart = gentrification, Indie coffee shops = hipsters, Laundry mats = old homes with no laundry facility, YMCA, Public library (check out who is in library space), bars (pubs vs. indie bars)

Provide examples & descriptions on the lines below:

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4. Creative businesses in the area (check out what other creative industries are in the same neighbourhood. Ex: print shops, photographers, art stores, framers, dance school. BE SURE TO GO INSIDE AND COLLECT BUSINESS CARDS.  

Provide examples & descriptions on the lines below:

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5. Accessibility- Evaluate how easy is it to get to the neighbourhood

A. Transportation: subway stop, street car #, bus route name/#

B. Parking: street parking, side street parking without permit needed, parking lots, building parking

C. Foot traffic: how many people are walking by, store fronts

Proved answers below:

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6. Cost or rent in the area- Evaluate the prices for rent in the area. Look at real estate signs, pick up community newspaper, get the names of real estate agencies, agents

Provide an example of a price or price range with approx. dimensions:

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7. Potential, new developments-  Evaluate the prospect of this area for growth. Are there are lot of ‘for sale’ signs? What kinds of signs are there? Ex. ‘for Sale’ versus ‘retail space’. This can either be a signal for burgeoning neighbourhood or a neighbourhood going defunct.

Provide an example of the type of sign & price (if available):

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8. Adaptability- What are the buildings like? Ex: industrial, already remodel lofts, office spaces, store fronts. Size of typical retail space? Is their room to gut and make anew?

Provide examples & descriptions on the lines below:

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9. Overall feeling- This is based on a purely subjective feeling

B. Afterthought based on your experiences after evaluating the above criteria. Score 1-5

Provide a brief description using single words:

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Score:   1  2  3  4  5

10. Answer these questions:

A. CAN YOU IMAGINE YOUR BUSINESS HERE (Yes = 2, Maybe = 1, No = 0) _________________________

B. DO YOU WANT TO SPEND LOTS OF YOUR TIME IN THIS NEIGHBOURHOOD? (Yes = 2, Maybe = 1, No = 0)  ____________________

TOTAL OUT OF 4  ___________________

TOTAL EVALUATION

A. Total score of the neighbourhood based on Question 1. And 9. (score out of 1-5), TOTAL OUT OF 10 __________________________________

B. Total score of the neighbourhood based on Question 10. (0-4)

TOTAL OUT OF EACH OTHER __________________________________

C. Total score of neighbourhoods compared to one another. (Score 1 - ? (depends on how many neighbourhoods you visit)

TOTAL RANKING (1-  ):