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Take a few minutes to visit Place Pulse.

WHY: Cities are not just collections of demographics, but places that people experience. Urban environments are known to elicit strong evaluative responses and there is evidence and theories suggesting that these responses may affect criminal and health behaviors. Yet, we lack good quantitative data on the responses elicited by urban environments.

WHAT: Place Pulse is an effort to help collect quantitative data of urban perception to help advance these research efforts and open new avenues of research. Place Pulse aims to quantitatively recognize which areas of a city are perceived as wealthy, modern, safe, lively, active, unique, central, adaptable or family friendly.

HOW: With enough user participation, Place Pulse can identify which neighborhoods in Bangkok are perceived better than neighborhoods in New York City or to examine how the distribution of a certain perception in Mexico City compares with that same perception in Tokyo or Houston.

For curious researchers, the Place Pulse dataset can even be used to study the association between urban perception and other datasets, such as violent crime, creativity or economic growth.

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