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A couple weeks ago I EJSF7QUMMMY2 previewed one of The Rapidian’s newest features - the neighborhood drill down. That article showed one of the ways that The Rapidian is collecting geographical information about each of the stories on the site and recommended some great community tools for learning more about Grand Rapids neighborhoods - specifically how to use tools provided by the Grand Valley State University’s Community Research Institute (CRI) to find out exactly which neighborhood (or neighborhoods) one’s story falls in.
Like CRI, we are currently basing our geographies on what the city of Grand Rapids recognizes as official neighborhoods. For a variety of reasons, this is not likely to change any time soon, but we also understand that not everyone knows or accepts the boundaries of city-recognized neighborhoods (the city, coincidently, uses CRI's map as well). As we get deeper into categorizing content by geography it would be awesome to get a sense of how people define their own neighborhoods.
With that in mind, I have a couple of questions for all of you:
- What do you call where you live?
- How do you define where you live?
- What are we missing?
Please feel free to respond below or, if it is more comfortable, to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can’t wait to see how people define their geographies!
I am the New Media Planner at the Grand Rapids Community Media Center (GRCMC) and at The Rapidian. I spend my free time working on various community / cultural projects like The Division Avenue Arts Collective (DAAC) and G-RAD.org. I am a television and internet enthusiast.
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