Efficient government. Profitable enterprise. Actionable intelligence.

Urban Spatial consults at the intersection of data science and public policy. We provide our clients with actionable intelligence that helps them efficiently allocate resources across space.

Featured Posts and Projects

Predicting gentrification using longitudinal census data

Authors: Ken Steif, Alan Mallach, Michael Fichman, Simon Kassel Figure 1: A mockup of a web-based, community-oriented gentrification forecasting application…

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Urban heat islands & street trees in Philadelphia

Source: NASA, Earth Observatory This past August, 2016 was the hottest in 136 years according to NASA. In cities, this…

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Predicting vacant land price for the Philadelphia Land Bank

Urban Spatial recently had the pleasure of developing a vacant land price predictive algorithm along with a team at the Philadelphia Lank Bank –…

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Services We Provide


With a deep knowledge of spatial econometrics, Urban Spatial specializes in extracting causal relationships from our client’s data. We help inform whether a given policy is relevant, effective and replicable.

Predictive Analytics

The true power of data lies in its ability to uncover the motivation of people and how they interact with the places they live, work and shop. Predictive modeling allows us to unlock these dynamics and use them to plan more effective resource allocation.

Policy Evaluation

Domain knowledge is paramount to the success of our projects and our background in city planning and urban economics provides us a foundation upon which we can move from insight to intervention.

Spatial Analysis

Our ability to analyze within and across spatial datasets allows us to derive targeted, placed-based intelligence.

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