Daniel O'Brien In the Media
Daniel O'Brien for Northeastern
There’s a theory that graffiti, abandoned buildings, and panhandling in neighborhoods create an environment that leads people to commit more crime. But Northeastern researchers have found that these and other signs of disorder don’t cause people to break the law or participate in dangerous or unhealthy behavior.
Riders of Boston’s public transportation system use the Transit app to plan trips, get real-time information on service, and set alerts for departure times. These interactions provide a massive amount of data about how riders use the app and navigate the transit system. But little has been done with this treasure trove of information—until now.