The Results

How We Scored: Abbot Kinney
as a Sample District

Abbot Kinney is one of the higher performing districts studied in terms of composite scoring. The district scored especially well in the social and financial categories, but has significant shortcomings in the built environment category due to its relatively low parking ratio, poor transit service, and lack of significant community gathering space.

View the URBAN Rx Abbot Kinney sample analysis for more detail.

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A guide for new urban districts

Performance Characteristics

The research establishes a basis for comparison across urban districts. In doing so, it identifies the factors that are key determinants for success across the following categories:

  • Residential Density
  • Project Core
  • Average Building Height
  • Block Size
  • Access and Visibility
  • Modes of Travel
  • Uses within the Core
  • Proximity to Open Spaces and Civic Institutions
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Ethnic Diversity
  • Age Differential
  • Commercial Office Rents
  • Residential Rents
  • Housing Vacancy
  • Social Media Connectivity
  • Minimum Performance Standards

    Additionally, the research draws conclusions about performance characteristics and recommends minimum performance standards for urban districts in North America.