Woodlawn and Online Conversations in Changing Neighborhood
Online Collective Efficacy in Low Income and High Crime Neighborhoods
In this study, we explore how online communication can be used to address crime and build social capital in a Chicago neighborhood. Our goal of the project is to examine how technologies can be used to influence collective action, civic engagement, and social capital. We performed observations and developed an interview protocol for our study. Additionally, we performed a literature review to understand current research surrounding this topic area.
Online Conversations in Changing Neighborhood
In this study, we explore online communication about gentrification in one Chicago neighborhood. Using data mining techniques, we identify patterns in online conversations to understand how residents discuss neighborhood change, social capital, and collective efficacy. Our overall goal of the project is to inform the design of community-based technologies that facilitate communication amongst residents who are newcomers and predecessors.
We built scrapers for sites such as Yelp, Everyblock, and Reddit using Python and Scrapy. This resulted in over 10,000 comments which we began to analyze using inductive qualitative analysis in Atlas.Ti.