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Harvard, MIT Researchers Use Google Maps to Study Gentrification, Urban Planning

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 24, 2017 — Researchers from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have authored a study that uses computer vision algorithms to examine millions of Google Street View images in an effort to measure whether and how urban areas are changing. By comparing 1.6 million pairs of photos taken seven years apart, researchers have now used a new computer vision system to quantify the physical improvement or deterioration of neighborhoods in five American cities, in an attempt to identify factors that predict urban change. Pictured are two street views, with the old...Read full article

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