|Viewing the map animation provided some overview
of the variables under study, but left an incompleted picture.
One overall goal of all this research is to identify areas where community development strategies may work. One theory of community development looks at the needs of a community and another theory looks at a community's assets.
An alternative theory looks for areas that have high needs and high assets and then targets those areas for change. GIS makes such analysis possible.
|The Good:||The image below represents only those block groups that
were included in each asset map from the social animation variables (churches
and United Way programs).
|The Bad:||The image below represents only those block groups that
were included in each need map from the social animation variables (poverty,
|The Intersection:||The image below represents the unique polygons that are
present in both the "Good" and "Bad" maps above. This map therefore
represents the intersection of the two maps and are those areas that could
be targeted for community development under an assets-needs theory of community
|Area Characterisitcs:||Below are some characteristics of these "Intersected"
block groups (1990 U.S. Census).