Surveying Beverly for Characteristics that May Indicate Neighborhood Investment

Today we traveled south for a field survey of census tract 7203 in the Beverly neighborhood. The survey went very well, even with some new challenges. It was only 12 degrees, with a wind chill of -2 degrees, and there were hardly any shops that we could drop into to warm up. Also, there was about three inches of snow on the ground, so on the way to the site we had a discussion about how to assess lawn condition. The students decided that we would instead assess whether or not the snow had been shoveled from the front stairs and walkway of each house. Some students suggested that this would make comparing lawn conditions difficult between census tracts. All agreed, however, that with snow covering the lawns entirely, this was our best option.  For the first time, someone saw a group of students drop a letter and, understandably thinking it was an accident, ran to catch up with them and return it.