After 8 months of project few considerations came from discussion between the City of Milan and Naples, in order to realign methodology and developing research strategies for SPOTTED.
Milano original aim has been to develop socio-economic analysis methodologies in urban contexts, relating the presence of green and accessible areas in the urban context to families composition, social status and economic means, analyzing real estate values and detecting all variations in these variables. ISTAT (National Institute of Statistics in Italy) analyzed at the level of the census section, the territories of Naples and Milan (and Rome) with identical methodology. In addition the municipality of Naples, almost the same year of elaboration (2016) produced a social index related to instruction level, occupation and rate of young people, basically it is a synthetic standard evaluation of social difficulties in territories. This index is based on data from the municipal registry list, it could be compared with other data research carried out in Milan: It can be considered a good, coherent and, homogeneous starting point for the research part.
From these important meetings among Milan and Naples, it is necessary understand how the increase of green areas may be linked to temporal variations of the real estate values and socio-economic situation. Variables are collected at different frequency (e.g. census socioeconomic data from ISTAT are collected each year on samples, but distributed like aggregated data and lack census section granularity; real estate data may be more frequently published ). The method should be constructing a comparison between the green index (not only a simple quantitative sqm/sqm, but also a qualitative index that it should define together), with a socio-economic index similar to the ISTAT one and with a real estate index, and evaluate if a correlation exist in our territories.
This hypothesis will be discussed next meeting if this approach corresponds to what Milan expects evaluating in a trilateral with Helsinki the balance and connections between socioeconomic issues and a somewhat more ‘ecological’ descriptive approach as well.
The exact spatial-level data to be extracted will be decided in the next steps. Follow our news/blog to learn more and how you yourself can take advantage of the data ce coming out of the SPOTTED project!