Ryan Petteway

Ryan Petteway
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Ryan Petteway is assistant professor at OHSU-PSU School of Public Health at Portland State University. His current work examines notions of place, “placemaking,” and health in public housing and community development.
The polygon outline is the residential census tract for the participants’ housing project community, represented by the single black marker. Green markers represent places participants identified as positive, healthy, and good, while red markers represent places identified as negative, unhealthy, and bad.

The Real Limits of Imaginary Lines

We can’t truly understand how a person’s health is affected by where they live if we look only at data within arbitrary boundaries like census tracts and ignore the places people actually go and don’t go every day.