Opportunity Mapping

In communities with histories of disinvestment and low quality of life, access gaps are often fundamental barriers of change. The challenge has and continues to be figuring out how to quantify the gap in a way that lends to identifying an appropriate livability standard at variable scales.  The Opportunity Map illustrates the challenges impacting neighborhoods to achieve a livable quality of life.

  • Opportunity rich communities may have existing access to high performing schools, high property values, employment opportunities, transportation and transit, and high quality foods.
  • Opportunity poor communities lack in these areas and through mapping and community engagement, a quantifiable measure of what needs to be remedied is easily identified.

Opportunity Mapping is a process of collecting, analyzing and interpreting geographically referenced data to identify areas with more or less access to the infrastructure and services that people need in order to have healthy and more productive lives[1].

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St. Louis



The Opportunity Maps for Tucson, Arizona were created in 2016 by the Southwest Fair Housing Council. The specific methodology for these maps can be found here.

[1] Reece, J., Norris, D., Martin, M., Sweeney, G., & Lee, S. (n.d.). The Geography of Opportunity: A framework to boost collaborative efforts and expand opportunity across the Greater New Orleans Region (Tech.). Retrieved http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/ki-gnof-opportunity.pdf