Abstract or Description
In this project, I used Viewshed analysis in ArcGIS to determine where Sound Transit’s proposed rapid transit would be visible assuming that rapid transit apparatus, like overhead wires, would reach a height of 20 feet. I used a Digital Elevation Model (DEM) and Land Cover and Roads Data to make the model more accurate. While the model could be perfected, it clearly shows that the rapid transit would affect the views of many homes in the Greater Kirkland Area, and as a result, cause the property values of those homes to fall. I concluded that this fall in property value is enough to outweigh the positive effects of rapid transit in Kirkland.
Source Data Note
DEM - UW Geomorphological Research Group
Land Cover - Washington State Department of Ecology
Cross Kirkland Corridor, Lake Washington, City of Kirkland Parks - City of Kirkland's Information Technology GIS Database
Streets - King County GIS Center
Recommended CitationBlake, Gavin C. "Using Viewshed Analysis to Determine the Impact of the Proposed Sound Transit Transportation Plan on the Cross Kirkland Corridor," Atlas of Maine: Vol. 2016: No. 2, Article 1.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/atlas_docs/vol2016/iss2/1