For years I've looked at the vibrant, maybe too vibrant, default color ramps in ArcMap and thought of Easter. This year I decided to use them for something.
In this case study from Chattanooga, TN we took the lessons of compact development and looked at how design can impact economics at the development site scale. When a vibrant neighborhood balked at the planned design of a typical grocery supermarket we took the opportunity to investigate alternative designs and measure their fiscal performance.
What measurements do we consider when we buy a car? We know that fuel efficiency is important for saving us money. How do cities look at development though? Do they make this same distinction? Are they looking at the right numbers? Presented here is our miles per gallon approach to tax effiency and development.