Urban dwellers navigate everyday journeys through a variety of transportation connections. Transportation planning can play an instrumental part in shaping livable community goals, as it is part of the built environment that citizens’ encounter on a daily basis. This report examines the role that the built environment plays in the shaping of an individual’s sense of community. Geographical Information Systems (GIS), can generate spatial maps of a citizens’s interaction with the transportation environment. Combined with survey data, these maps offer information to community members and leaders that can help guide decision making about livable community goals. Riverside, California serves as a case study for this analysis. Based on a questionnaire and map survey, the following recommendations are made: encourage walking along and within the Magnolia Corridor; explore multimodal transportation options; examine traffic patterns in neighborhoods; develop small scale commercial activity; foster existing asset areas; consider high density residential design that unites the neighborhood; study housing stock redevelopment options; utilize GIS to involve all stakeholders. This case study illustrates how GIS can be used to illustrate and analyze citizens’s interactions with the built environment.

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Transportation/Land Use/Environment

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City planning, Geographical information systems, Transportation, Urban development, Urban planning, Urban transportation