Demographics & Economics

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Although demographic analysis has a number of uses, it has some limitations too.  For example, one must be cautious not to over-generalize to the point of stereotyping.  Data interpretation is not an exact science – one can find a basis for a multitude of opinions and extrapolations, some of which can be very different.

Except where noted, data presented on the following pages was extracted from a Claritas report generated on January 16, 2007.  The Claritas report included data at ¼-, ½-, and 1-mile radii from the intersection of Congress Street and 15th Street (see Figure 1).  For the sake of this studio project, the ¼-mile radius is assumed to represent the study area, since the intersection of Congress Street and 15th Street is located near the center of the project boundary.  Data within the 1-mile radius is assumed to be representative of the City of Troy as a whole since it encompasses downtown.  There is some degree of inaccuracy in this approach since boundaries of both the study area and the City of Troy are long and narrow rather than round.  A more sophisticated but time-intensive approach would include compiling data from various US Census tracts.*  But for the purpose of this studio project, the simplified approach suits.

*The City of Troy covers 15 census tracts.  The Upper Congress Street corridor falls within Census Tract 406.  Census Tract 406 is further subdivided into block groups.  Therefore, even finer granularity in data compiling and assessment could be achieved.

Figure 1 – Demographic Map, Centered at the Intersection of Congress Street and 15th Street, Troy, NY (Claritas, Inc.)

Figure 2 – Map Showing Demographic Radii Centered at the Intersection of Congress Street and 15th Street Relative to City of Troy Census Tract Districts (Adapted from a Capital District Regional Planning Commission Map, February 1995)

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