Ezra Haber Glenn is a Lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, where he teaches courses in Quantitative Reasoning and Statistical Methods and the Practice of Community Development. Prior to this position he worked in local government in Massachusetts, including service as Director of Community Development for the City of Lawrence, Director of Planning and Development for the City of Somerville, and over five years as a land use planning consultant working in zoning, community planning, affordable housing, and environmental protection. In 2002 he was named a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
He is the founder and Executive Director of Public Planning, Research, and Implementation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation established in 2002 to provide research and consulting services to public and nonprofit organizations. He has written dozens of plans for local and regional governments (master/comprehensive plans, open space and recreation plans, affordable housing production plans, etc.), as well as a wide variety of reports, studies, and other planning documents and scholarly articles on the practice of local planning and community development. In his hometown, he is the President of the Board of Directors of the Somerville Community Corporation.
Others have written—and I’m sure will continue to write—with more enthusiasm and hyperbole about the ways that new web portals and mobile apps are changing the landscape of public participation and responsive city planning: it seems that we are constantly being showered (or perhaps barraged?) with fun new social media… read more
I’ve been asked to provide a very quick example of using the acs.R package to conduct a t-test of significance when comparing ACS data from two different geographical areas—so here goes: a quick example. Let’s look at the number of school-age children in different towns on Martha’s Vineyard. There are… read more
Join the MIT Open Source Planning Tools Groups and Zak Rogoff, Campaigns Manager at the Free Software Foundation, to learn about new developments in the world of free software – and discover how you can be part of the movement to create, perfect, and promote the use of free and… read more
Now that the federal government is back on its feet, the Census API is serving up data again, and the acs.R package should work like it was supposed to. For example: > acs.fetch(geo=geo.make(state=25), table.number="B01003") ACS DATA: 2007 -- 2011 ; Estimates w/90% confidence intervals; for different intervals, see confint() B01003_001… read more
Due to the shutdown of the federal government, it appears that many federal websites are down as well, including the Census API (see http://outage.census.gov/closed.txt). As a result, the acs.R package is currently unable to download data – sorry! If you to use acs.fetch or anything related that requires the API,… read more
For those who were unable to attend the recent acs.R webinar (or if you fell asleep halfway through), we’ve posted the complete video, the presentation slides, and the webinar demo script. Enjoy, and thanks again to Ray DiGiacomo and the Orange County R User for hosting this event. read more