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Bloomfield Hills 'Vibe' Ranks 8.8 Out of 10 in New Online Evaluations

Bloomfield Township trails at 4.3 as MapQuest considers attractions, amenities and intangibles.

There's a fresh reason for Bloomfield Hills residents to boast about where they live, and for those in some nearby communities to roast online rankings for seeming out of touch with reality.

MapQuest, the popular Internet mapping site, now rates communities and selected neighborhoods on a 0-to-10 scale at mqVibe.com. Overall "vibe scores" are based on dining, nightlife, shopping, residential-business mix and fuzzy factors such as walkability, popularity and edginess.

Bloomfield Hills, described as "convenient and lively," earns a general score of 8.8. Bloomfield Township, rated below average at 4.3, is described as "social and well-liked" – which sounds more like a school yearbook caption than a community assessment.   

Numbers are based on the frequency of MapQuest searches for local attractions and businesses and on users' votes for neighborhoods and businesses. "We have a lot of data points -- billions of data points in fact," the company says in an introductory blog post. "These data points collected over 15 years tell us, among other things, where people are, where they are going, what they are looking for and when they are looking for it."

But because it just launched Oct. 13, mqVibe doesn't yet reflect a broad user consensus and is driven partly by "an editorial evaluation," as the company's FAQs put it. And though it starts with rankings for 40,000 neighborhoods in 27,000 cities, no neighborhood breakouts are available yet for West Bloomfield or Troy.

Developers acknowledge mqVibe needs crowd clicking to work best. "It is just the beginning of a revolution in how you discover your city, participate and influence your local community, and explore out of town," says an oct. 17 blog post by Simon Hill of Denver, a principal product manager at AOL, parent company of MapQuest (as well as Patch).

In other words, let debate begin about local standings, as well as whether West Bloomfield really has a near-zero vibe, if Royal Oak deserves a 2.2 score and whether Clawson is fairly ranked at 9.4.

Community

Vibe Score

Description

'Hoods Rated

Top Neighborhood Rating

 

Berkley

5.7

Social, edgy

23

8.5 (Downtown)

Birmingham

9.3

Walkable, lively

14

10 (West Side)

Bloomfield Hills

8.8

Convenient, lively

4

8.8 (All)

Bloomfield Twp.

4.3

Social, well-liked

3

4.3 (All)

Clawson

9.4

Walkable, social

6

9.4 (All)

Ferndale

5.8

Lively, edgy

15

9.0 (W'ward/9 Mile)

Huntington Woods

1.3

Residential, undiscovered

1

1.3 (West Lincoln and Woodward)

Oakland Township

5.7

Walkable, undiscovered

1

5.7 (Collins/Orion)

Rochester

3.1

Convenient, social

1

3.1 (Edinshire)

Rochester Hills

4.8

Residential, undiscovered

2

4.8 (Orion/Roch.,  Auburn/Roch.)

Royal Oak

2.2

Familiar, residential

10

9.3 (downtown)

Troy

7.4

Lively, comfortable

0

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West Bloomfield

0.8

Lively, familiar

0

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                                                                                                       Source: mqVibe.com

Marcia Robovitsky October 29, 2011 at 02:26 PM
I live in Bloomfield TOWNSHIP. The post office has for the past 32 years assigned my "mailing address" as Bloomfield Hills. That practice of assigning most addresses to the"Hills" has continued to this day. The address assigned for a new business in the Township even NOW, will have a mailing address stating Bloomfield HILLS. Many new businesses on Telegraph Rd. north of Square Lake, even advertise and put on their websites that they are located in Bloomfield "Hills." Are those businesses aware that they are actually located in the Township? Therefore, when searching on MapQuest ....for a business or friend that actually lives or does business in the Township, ******the address entered in MapQuest is Bloomfield "Hills"..... maybe someone enters Bloomfield "Township" or just "Bloomfield". Question: does MapQuest default all those entries to the "Hills"? "MapQuest, the popular Internet mapping site, now rates communities and selected neighborhoods on a 0-to-10 scale at mqVibe.com. Overall "vibe scores" are based on dining, nightlife, shopping, residential-business mix and fuzzy factors such as walkability, popularity and edginess." The Township has much more than the "Hills" in most categories, EXCEPT: name recognition. These "scores" may be flawed because of the way the post office has assigned addresses.
-Elizabeth- October 29, 2011 at 10:56 PM
"What's in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet" Wm Shakespeare I don't see that it matters.
Marcia Robovitsky October 30, 2011 at 12:37 AM
In an article that deliberately separates the communities and evaluates each, it should be accurate. It should matter. "These data points collected over 15 years tell us, among other things, where people are, where they are going, what they are looking for and when they are looking for it." If incorrect data has been entered for years, what kind of results will occur? Flawed?
Nancy Hanus October 30, 2011 at 07:42 PM
You make a good point, Marcia. I also live in Bloomfield Township, but with a "Hills" address. I wondered about the ratings given this blurring of lines. The Vibe site is in "beta" and they are seeking feedback like this; you can give it at http://mqhelp.mapquest.com/mqvibe/report-an-issue/?URI=/&C1=Best%20Of&C2=&POI=&RankingPanelFilterString=&FindNeighborhoodCityString=&scoreTabName=Residential%20%26amp%3B%20Undiscovered if you want to do so!
Linda P February 11, 2012 at 01:24 AM
I agree with Marcia it does matter, ask any real estate agent.

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