Quantifying the Impacts of Complete Streets: The Case of Richfield

Status:  Active
Project Start Date:  08/09/2018


This study will help quantify the impacts of pedestrian- and bike-related improvements made in the city of Richfield. It will benefit taxpayers as it helps to guide sensible transportation investment toward building a more sustainable and livable urban environment. We will select suitable improvement sites in Richfield and work with the City of Richfield to identify possible economic benefits (such as increased property value) and other measurable benefits (such as public health benefits associated with pedestrian or cycling activities) of the complete street projects. The economic benefits will be estimated through a difference-in-differences (DID) analysis, by comparing the pre-post changes of housing value or business activities between the improvement sites and comparison sites. For non-economic benefits of the complete street project, benefit indicators will be collected through survey or interview, and then monetized using common value parameters identified from the literature.

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