Machine Learning for Urban Planning: Estimating Parking Capacity

Josh Feldman · December 15, 2019

If everything continues as planned, Somerville, Massachusetts — a city just outside of Boston — will be getting a new subway line in 2021. If residents drive to these new stations and park their cars on nearby streets, will people who live on these streets lose access to a parking spot or will they be able to park in their driveway?

Their question is deceptively simple: how many residential units in Somerville have off-street parking? For my capstone project for Harvard University’s Data Science master’s program, I worked with Lipika Ramaswamy and Anthony Rentsch to partner with the City of Somerville to answer this question.

Here’s a map of the probability each house has a driveway aggregated to the block-level. drivewayMap

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