Hi Tyler,

I have a Master’s of Science in Information Sciences, minor in Computational Science, and odd hobbies. One of those hobbies is exploring data spatially.

For this case, I obtained all addresses in the extension from KGIS.

I then collected all owner addresses from the Knox County Property Assessor’s "Public Access Now" database.

I recorded all of that information into a spreadsheet, and then imported it into Google Fusion Tables. Google Fusion Tables supports two key features to visualize where property owners reside: a) geocoding b) map.

What I found is that a MINORITY of non-owner occupied properties property owners reside in Parkridge, or even East Knoxville, for that matter (note: "non-owner occupied is defined by the rubric "the street address does not match the owner address").

The MAJORITY of non-owner occupied properties are owned by out-of-area, and out-of-state – places as far afield as Brooklyn, New York, Winter Garden, Florida, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

You can explore my initial findings below, but caveat emptor: there are data quality issues related to a) lots of copying and pasting and b) this is a hobby and while I’m a meticulous perfectionist, I have not yet had time to do due diligence in QA/QC.

Screen Shots attached. You are welcome to use any in your reporting, given the caveat re: data quality issues.

On Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 12:17 PM, Kaye Graybeal <kaye.graybeal> wrote:

Tyler, we don’t have a way of tracking those stats specifically for the historic district area. However, the US Census provides info tracked between 2011 and 2015 that indicates that there is about a 41% owner-occupancy rate for the tract between Bertrand and Cherry and between I-40 and Magnolia, which could be considered a representative sampling from areas of the Edgewood-Park City proposed and existing historic district — the development density and building types are similar. The census tract in the vicinity of the eastern side of the district between I-40 and Bertrand contains park space, non-residential buildings, industrial land, and government owned land along both sides of Hall of Fame outside of the district, so it’s not representative.

There a resident of the Parkridge neighborhood, Tanner Jessel, that has attempted to track owner-occupancy rates within the existing and proposed district areas. I’ve copied him on this e-mail since I’m referring to data that he has collected and analyzed, and he may want to clarify his data further. Tanner has a background in and degree focusing on geographic information science. He conducted an analysis of addresses in the property tax records to see how many owner addresses matched up with the actual property addresses. He acknowledges some flaws in his analysis – for instance, there is no way to know if those with addresses should count toward owner occupancy. He counted churches and non-residential buildings as non-owner occupied. For the existing H-1 overlay, the owner-occupancy rate turned out to be about 50%. For the expansion area, the numbers worked out to be ~40% owner-occupied and ~60% non-owner occupied. Tanner’s analysis of the H-1 expansion area yielded similar results to the census tract data sampling at 41% owner-occupancy (but the census tract data included some of the existing district as well between Bertrand and Spruce).

Tanner also mapped the absentee property owners’ mailing addresses and found that they are all they are from all over the country– mostly in the eastern US — but with the highest concentration of absentee owners live within the Parkridge area – there was no concentration of owners in other parts of the city.

On Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 1:38 PM, Whetstone, Tyler <tyler.whetstone> wrote:

Good to know – sort of what we figured, but great to have it as fact.

While I have you, would the city have record of the percentage of Parkridge neighborhood that is comprised of renters?

Thanks Kaye!

Tyler Whetstone

City Hall reporter

865-342-6305 – O

615-962-3438 – C

Twitter: tyler_whetstone

From: Kaye Graybeal [mailto:kaye.graybeal]
Sent: Tuesday, February 07, 2017 1:36 PM
To: Whetstone, Tyler <tyler.whetstone>
Subject: Re: Parkridge

Tyler — the Parkridge H-1 would indeed be the largest H-1 overlay in both number of parcels and the acreage. This is because it is the largest area of in-tact historic neighborhood fabric. Put another way, this neighborhood has the largest concentration of historic resources.

On Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 10:46 AM, Whetstone, Tyler <tyler.whetstone> wrote:

Morning, Kaye. I wanted to reach back out to you to make sure on a point we spoke about a couple of weeks ago – – we had said, if approved as drawn up, the Parkridge H-1 overlay would be the largest H-1 overlay in the city. Were you able to verify that? Important point to make I think in all of this.

Thank you, ma’am.

Tyler Whetstone

City Hall reporter

865-342-6305 – O

615-962-3438 – C

Twitter: tyler_whetstone


About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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