You can think of a neighbourhood as a fixed boundary of streets, but for many of us, what we think of as our neighbourhood is more organic than that. It's the places we hang out - our stomping grounds - which may not conform to the way our city defines a neighbourhood. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are experimenting with the idea of "livehoods". They're using people's FourSquare check-ins to plot these more dynamic neighbourhoods. If the same people check in at cafe A and store B, but not store C right across the street, store C is in a different livehood. I interviewed Justin Cranshaw, co-creator of Livehoods, and a doctoral student at Carnegie Mellon, about the project.
They have just published their first Canadian livehood map, Montreal. You can find it here. I used to live in Montreal, but that was a LOOOONNNNG time ago, and I've only been back to visit occasionally more recently. Some of the patterns on the map made a lot of sense to me, but some didn't, suggesting perhaps the ways those areas that have changed since my Montreal days. I'd love to hear what Montrealers think of the Montreal Livehood. Does it square with how you use your city? Please leave your comments below.
You can hear the full, uncut interview below, or download the MP3. [runs 13:06]