Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
The Huffington Post pointed me at this graphic below, which shows how the racial makeup of Chicago’s community areas changed between 1910 and 2000. It was apparently created by something called the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Chicago Area Geographic Information Study. The graphic speaks for itself.
Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
Kate Maxwell and Sam Arbesman at the Kauffman Foundation are out with a new study the measures the mobility of founders of high growth companies (those on the Inc. 500 list). Using network mapping software, they took a few cuts at determining mobility groupings, and here was an interesting graphic that popped out. The colors on the map are basically communities as defined by migration between the components:
This is an interesting study. I suggest at least checking out Richard Florida’s review of it over at Atlantic Cities.
Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
The Census Bureau recently released its 2012 Census of Governments. Apparently there are 89,004 local governments in the United States. As he’s done before, the inestimable Chris Briem put together a word cloud of what those look like, sized by number of employees. Here’s the preview, but you can click through for a large PDF (51 MB) with the full zoom capabilities that just might test your system processing power.
Here’s a Census Bureau thematic map of the number of number of governments by state and county:
As always, Illinois takes the #1 position for the most total governments. Whet Moser has the gory details over at Chicago Magazine in The Land of 7,000 Governments.
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
Jim Russell pointed me at an interesting article about densification vs. de-densification over at the Urbanization Project at NYU Stern. It contains this very interesting map of the change in census tract densities in Manhattan over the century between 1910 and 2010:
Walking Related Commutes
Streetsblog, in an article covering the annual NYC DOT scorecard, included this graphic of the percentage of commutes that include walking as a core component (e.g, transit) in various parts of New York:
Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
In a piece called “Cities With the Most Corporate Clout,” Richard Florida included this interesting map of Fortune 500 headquarters per capita:
Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
There a couple good infographics recently over at Atlantic Cities I wanted to highlight. The first is a map of America’s leading high tech metros. There’s a table and commentary in Richard Florida’s accompanying analysis article you should check out.
The strength of Detroit in the Midwest really stood out to me.
Melting Pot Cities
They had another great article on America’s melting pot cities that included this map of naturalized citizens per capita in metro areas:
The east and west coast are clearly dominant here.
Church vs. Beer
And the always entertaining site Floating Sheep posted this map of church vs. beer mentions on Twitter:
What I found most interesting here was the predominance of metropolitan counties in church mentions in a lot of the country vs. their rural hinterland.
Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
The Atlantic Cities had an article talking about how the housing crash may not have been a game changer in terms of exurban development pattern. It’s worth a read. It also includes this map from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard showing various degrees of suburbanization by metros over the past decade. Not that only a few places showed core population share gain.
Thursday, May 31st, 2012
Home prices web site Zillow is out with an interactive map showing the percentage of of the mortgages in America that are believed to be underwater. It’s pretty scary. Here’s a static version:
h/t Atlantic Cities
Mashable ran a recent article noting that New York City is now America’s fastest growing tech hub that included this infographic:
Richard Florida also chimed in with a follow-up on New York’s tech scene.
Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
For my email subscribers who missed this update, the OECD report on Chicago actually now is available online. Thanks to Jim Russell for pointing this out.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new way of looking at neighborhood definitions they call livehoods that determines de facto neighborhoods using an algorithm that looks at Foursquare checkins. It’s pretty cool, especially as the maps they generate are interactive. Here’s a static shot of San Francisco though to show you want they look like:
I found this via the excellent Flowing Data blog that I’d encourage any data visualization geeks to check out.
Think, Act, Impact Indianapolis
Another interesting infographic comes to us from the folks at People for Urban Progress. They put together an infographic showing how things get done in Indianapolis city government. If the zoomable image embedded below doesn’t display, click here to check it out on PUP’s site.
Friday, March 23rd, 2012
The Guardian data blog is running a very cool interactive infographic of energy use by block in New York City. Apparently it originated at the Modi Research Group at Columbia University. Here’s a non-interactive screen shot to whet your appetite:
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