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  • Baseball Across The Region: Northern Kentucky

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    The 86th Major League Baseball All-Star Game is being held in Cincinnati this month. As part of this high-profile event, MLB officials and officials on both sides of the river worked together to promote “Baseball Across The Region” and to engage greater Cincinnati in this major event.

    This NKYmapLAB project looks at the impacts of baseball across the region. These include the regional projected and preliminary economic impacts of the All-Star Game and an overview of the history of baseball in Northern Kentucky. The MLB All-Star Game could have an economic impact of approximately $65 million dollars for greater Cincinnati (source: MLB.com, WCPO.com).

    It also highlights investments made in local baseball fields, new multi-modal transportation options with the arrival of RedBike, and the Covington Urban Guide Map (designed and printed by COV | 200) that identifies activities and destination options for out-of-town visitors.

    Finally, it illustrates a very visual kick-off to the actual game. An official baseball “will travel throughout the region highlighting the treasured neighborhoods, schools, businesses and community attractions across Reds Country to generate excitement and enthusiasm…”

    The ball will complete its journey by crossing the Roebling Suspension Bridge, and arriving at the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum, becoming an official part of Reds baseball history.

  • Current Condition of Kenton County Bridges

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    This map shows all bridge structures in Kenton County tying them to recommended road projects from the 2014 Kenton County Transportation Plan.

    Current conditions information comes from the Federal Highway Administration’s National Bridge Inventory (NBI) and rates the bridges based on a combination of their characteristics. The bridge’s icon size illustrates its relative Average Daily Traffic count (ADT) and its color shows its sufficiency rating. Bridges without ADT information or sufficiency ratings are either not part of the NBI or represent a railroad line.

    This map shows the importance of bridges, not just those crossing the Ohio River but also those crossing the county. Bridges are found along almost every High-, Medium-, and Low-Priority transportation projects identified in the Kenton County Transportation Plan. As such, they represent long-term infrastructure investments for our community and need to be considered part of almost every major transportation project.

    Two specific categories of bridges are also identified on the map: structurally deficient (SD) and functionally obsolete (FO). As these terms are used on this map, structurally deficient bridges present one or more structural defects that require attention. This does not indicate the severity of the defect, just that there is a defect present on the bridge deck, substructure, or superstructure.

    As the term is used on this map, functionally obsolete bridges present as outdated by their design. This could include deficient lanes for traffic flow, deficient break-down lanes, low clearance among others. Functionally obsolete does not indicate deficiencies of a structural nature. (fhwa.dot.gov)

    Note: the Brent Spence Bridge has been studied and analyzed by engineers, architects, consultants, and technical committees for the past couple decades. This map does not attempt to build upon those studies but offers a brief examination of the structure. It is not a focus of this map.

  • Energy Efficient Construction in Kenton County

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    This map represents the first in a series of maps for the NKYmapLAB initiative. The initiative seeks to accomplish two critical goals: illustrate the robust analytical capabilities of LINK-GIS; and, use those capabilities to support Kenton County’s economic development program.

    Northern Kentucky mapLAB will produce and distribute maps on a monthly basis using data supplied by LINK-GIS, and other featured data sources, as appropriate. Future maps will focus on a number of issues critical to economic development including quality of life.

    This map provides a visual analysis of energy efficient construction in Kenton County. It focuses specifically on two energy efficient construction programs, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) and the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index.

    LEED is a credit-based certification system in which projects earn points for including various means of energy efficient design. HERS uses an index score in order to compare a home’s energy efficiency to a baseline home, and is a nationally-recognized scoring system.

    The map shows locations of LEED and HERS projects along with a density analysis designed to identify clusters—or ‘hot spots’—of energy efficient construction. HERS projects shown on this map were constructed between 2012 and 2014 inclusive.

    Non-HERS-rated residential construction that meets 2009 International Energy Conservation Code standards or better is not shown since it is now mandated across the state.

  • KY-536 Traffic Patterns

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    The overall goal of this analysis is to further examine traffic flow and traffic congestion along the KY 536 Corridor (western portion). Traffic counts and turn analysis studies have been completed to better understand the traffic flow patterns in this area, but those studies are much more technical, and typically completed for the engineering industry. This analysis is qualitative, and provides a more basic understanding of traffic flow to everyday users of this corridor, and residents of this community.

    Project Methodology

    NKYmapLAB used an automated screen capture service to record traffic conditions at six locations along the KY 536 corridor, in 1-hour increments (on the 1/2 hour). Traffic flow/congestion information was collected from 5:30am to 10:30pm, daily, for two consecutive weeks. Typically, traffic congestion is not a problem overnight in this area. Although traffic information was collected for the overnight period, it was not included in the analysis charts.

    The traffic conditions were recorded from Google Maps, using their Traffic service. The advantage of using Google Traffic Maps is that it shows real-time traffic conditions, not a predictive model of traffic, or historic projection. Google Maps achieves real-time traffic conditions by analyzing the GPS-determined locations transmitted to them by a large number of cell phone users. By calculating the speed of users along a stretch of road, Google is able to generate a live traffic map. Google processes the incoming raw data about cell phone device locations, and then excludes anomalies such as a postal vehicle which makes frequent stops. When a threshold of users in a particular area is noted, the overlay along roads and highways on the Google map changes color.

    The traffic map colors show the speed of traffic. The colors indicate traffic flow: Green means there are no traffic delays; Orange means there’s a medium amount of traffic; Red means there are traffic delays; The more red, the slower the speed of traffic on the road.

  • Linden Grove Cemetery and Arboretum Map

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    First established in 1843, with a little over 22 acres, the Historic Linden Grove Cemetery and Arboretum is the largest greenspace in the urban core area of Covington Kentucky. There are over 22,000 burials, and 250 individually identified and managed trees on their grounds.

    The image below represents the poster sized map of this project. There is also a companion Story Map, complete with interactive maps, narrative text, images and multimedia content.

    The need for parks and green space in Covington’s Urban Core has been identified in several planning documents, including the “Building Covington’s Future” Strategic Plan adopted in 2006, and Vision 2015. The 2008 Linden Gateway Small Area Study found that the Westside and Peaselburg neighborhoods are particularly deficient in open green space, tree canopy and pervious surfaces. Linden Grove Cemetery is the largest green space within Covington’s urban core and represents a significant exception to that deficiency.

    Providing this site as a usable green space for passive recreational activities (consistent with the sacred and solemn character of this site) will offer a two-fold benefit: 1) it addresses the critical shortage of parks and green space in the urban core of Covington; and 2) it helps to improve the vitality and viability of the surrounding neighborhoods.

    The increased publicity and awareness of the cemetery has generated new interest in the surrounding neighborhoods, helping to transform them into vibrant destinations. For 50 years, from 1948 to 1998, the Linden Grove grounds stagnated in a state of disrepair when the entire property was placed into receivership.

    The interest and appeal of restoring Linden Grove is evidenced by the scope of support and level of participation of a wide variety of organizations that have partnered with the Friends of Linden Grove over the past 7 years. A number of volunteers, donations and grants have helped transform the grounds in a relatively short amount of time.

  • Parks of Kenton County

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    This map shows an analysis of walk-time and drive-time distances to parks throughout Kenton County. For the purposes of this study, a park was included in the analysis only if it is a publicly-accessible location with active recreation opportunities. Athletic facilities at schools, privately-owned recreation facilities, and ‘greenspace parks’ without active recreation facilities were not considered for this analysis.

    The walk- time analysis assumed an average walking speed of 3.1 miles per hour, a commonly-accepted preferred walking speed. More information on that value can be found here at Wikipedia. The analysis looked at walk times of five, ten, 15, and 20 minutes, where a 5-minute walk covers about ¼ mile, and a 20-minute walk would cover about 1 mile (at 3.1 mph).

    The drive-time analysis map uses posted speed limit values to determine how much distance could be covered in a set amount of time. Using speed limits, the drive time (in seconds) of each street was calculated. The analysis then looked at drive times of one, two, three, four, and five minutes to see how far a driver could get within each of those time limits.

    Both analyses then calculated the number of households that were located inside each walk-time and drive-time interval and presented that as a percent of the total households in Kenton County.

    All walk-time and drive-time analyses were conducted using a specialized GIS tool called Network Analyst—a detailed analytic tool that allows users to study service areas, drive times, routing, and barriers in a designated area using their own local data.

  • Urban Tree Canopy

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    The Northern Kentucky Urban and Community Forestry Council engaged SavATree Consulting Group in collaboration with the Spatial Analysis Laboratory at the University of Vermont to perform an ‘Urban Tree Canopy Assessment’ for Boone, Kenton, and Campbell Counties in 2014. The Council’s goal was to apply the USDA Forest Service’s Tree Canopy Assessment protocols to three county Northern Kentucky area. The analysis was conducted using aerial imagery acquired in 2012 and LiDAR acquired in 2011 and 2012. (LiDAR is an optical remote-sensing technique that uses laser light to densely sample the surface of the earth, producing highly accurate measurements).

    Seven classes of land cover were mapped: (1) tree canopy; (2) grass/shrub; (3) bare earth; (4) water; (5) buildings; (6) roads; and, (7) other paved surfaces. This land cover dataset is considered current as of summer 2012 ground conditions.

    The tree canopy is the layer of leaves, branches, and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above. Tree canopy provides many benefits to communities, improving water quality, saving energy, lowering summer temperatures, reducing air pollution, enhancing property values, providing wildlife habitat, facilitating social and educational opportunities, and providing aesthetic benefits. In urban areas, the urban tree canopy is a combination of individual trees, parks and greenspace, trees lining streets, small remnants of woods, and forest in an urban developed area.

    A tree canopy assessment is the first step in urban forest planning, providing estimates for the amount of tree canopy currently present in an area as well as the amount of new tree canopy that could theoretically be established. (Text from the Northern Kentucky Urban and Community Forestry Council’s Tree Canopy Assessment.)

  • Walkability: Sidewalk Connectivity in Kenton County

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    This map shows Kenton County’s sidewalk network, its coverage, and its missing links; the focus is to show the community’s walkability.

    The image below represents the poster sized map of this project. There is also a companion Story Map, complete with interactive maps, narrative text, images and multimedia content.

    In general terms according to Wikipedia, walkability “is a measure of how friendly an area is to walking. Walkability has many health, environmental, and economic benefits. Factors influencing walkability include the presence or absence and quality of footpaths, sidewalks or other pedestrian rights of way, traffic and road conditions, land use patterns, building accessibility, and safety, among others.

    As the term is used here, walkability focuses on points of interest (churches, schools, shopping centers, city buildings, libraries, parks, and dining locations)that are within 50 feet of a sidewalk. The 50-foot distance is measured from the nearest sidewalk to the property line of the point of interest.

    LINK-GIS built and maintains a sidewalk data layer as a part of its massive geographic information system. Kenton County today includes over 770 miles of sidewalks.

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