Windshield Survey of Your Neighborhood Tempe, Arizona


Windshield Survey of Your Neighborhood

One way to understand your community is through a tool called “windshield surveys”. A Windshield Survey is simply a method for observing a neighborhood/community. It allows the observer to gain insight and understanding of a community and its people. Utilize the Windshield/Walking Survey to complete this assignment. The following elements are included in a typical windshield survey:

  • Boundaries
  • Housing and zoning
  • Open space
  • Commons
  • Transportation
  • Social service centers
  • Stores
  • Street people and animals
  • Condition of the area
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Health indicators
  • Politics
  • Media
  • Business & industry

Write a 1200-1700-word essay exploring your own neighborhood (look within your zip code). Consider the list above when writing your assessment.

  • What did you learn about your neighborhood?
  • Did any of your findings surprise you?
  • Based on the components of the windshield survey elements, how would you describe your neighborhood?
  • Think about improvements to your community. Discuss how housing and zoning could be improved.
  •  What would the impact of more open spaces mean for the community?
  • How could transportation in your area be improved?
  • Describe the services available and how to improve for all populations?

Assignment Expectations-

Rubric: This assignment uses a rubric for scoring. Please review it as part of your assignment preparation and again before submission to ensure you have addressed its criteria at the highest level.

Length: 1200 – 1700-word essay: title and reference page do not count towards the minimum word count.

Structure: While APA format is not required for the body of this assignment, academic writing is expected. Include a title page and reference page in APA style.

References: Use the appropriate APA style in-text citations and references for all resources utilized to answer the questions. Include at least three (3) scholarly sources to support your claims.

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