City Culture: A New Perspective

In biology, a culture maintains tissue cells, bacteria, etc. in conditions suitable for growth.

Similarly, we can get a sense of a how a city has grown over time using a heatmap of home sale data. The following is a visualization of 4000 home sales across 40 years in Orlando, FL, U.S., scraped from Zillow. It is remarkable to see how human behavior often resembles life at the microscopic scale

If you’re familiar with Orlando, you’ll see that the two fastest growing neighborhoods are College Park and Colonial Town, with the Hourglass District and SoDo right behind them.

Commercial developers and potential home buyers can use this type of data to project growth and decide to build a business or buy a new home in a neighborhood before it becomes super saturated.

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