I wanted to know if I am on the right track here with what I am trying to do. I have two shapefiles, the first contains point data for all the businesses in DC and the other contains point data all the Metro stations in DC. What I am trying to accomplish is to find all the businesses that are within a 500 Meter radius of a metro station, then find all coffee shops that are within a 500 meter radius of a metro station.

Here is what I have so far:

import arcpy    
arcpy.env.workspace = 'C:/Users/new/Desktop/'   
arcpy.Buffer_analysis('StationPts','MyShapefile.shp','500 Meters','#','#','#','#','#') 
counter = arcpy.GetCount_management('DCPTs')

when it prints counter, it is 0. I want to after every selection analysis to count the number of POI that are still selected in the layer.

I know I should use buffer analysis to buffer the metro stations by the that radius and create a new shapefile. So I think that was accomplished. And then use Select Layer By Location analysis that way I select all POI that intersect the new buffered dataset.

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    Why are you asking if it will work? What happens when you try to run it?
    – Jon
    May 7 '18 at 20:36
  • @Jon I don't know if it logically makes sense. I ran the program and it created the MyShapefile.shp on my desktop but when I went to open it nothing appears on Arcmap. Also nothing prints for the print(counter)
    – Htom
    May 7 '18 at 20:39
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    That is vital information to include in your question if you wish to get a useful answer! (I don't use Arc or arcpy, so I won't be much help).
    – Jon
    May 7 '18 at 20:40
  • @Jon I updated. Also when it prints it comes up 0
    – Htom
    May 7 '18 at 20:41
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    Update your question with changes you've made to the code, as well as the new outputs you're getting...
    – Jon
    May 7 '18 at 21:01

Edit your code in that way: (Brief description is in the code)

import arcpy

arcpy.env.workspace = 'C:/Users/new/Desktop/'    

# Create buffers   
arcpy.Buffer_analysis('StationPts','MyShapefile.shp','500 Meters')

# Load buffer to memory

# Select points which intersects with buffers
# You must select points in buffer 
arcpy.SelectLayerByLocation_management('DCPts', 'INTERSECT', 'Buffer')

counter1 = arcpy.GetCount_management('DCPTs')
print("Businesses within 500m radius of a metro station: " + str(counter1) )

# Select coffee shops from just selected points

counter2 = arcpy.GetCount_management('DCPTs')    
print("CoffeeShops within 500m radius of a metro station: " + str(counter2) )
  • By passing a search distance to SelectLayerByLocation, you can bypass the buffering. SelectLayerByLocation_management('DCPts', 'INTERSECT', 'StationPts', '500 METERS')
    – Tom
    May 16 '18 at 17:11

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