Inequality & Mass Transit in the Bay Area

A recent feature in The New Yorker juxtaposed New York City’s subway stops with their residents’ incomes. Like NYC, San Francisco has people of both extreme poverty and wealth, often living toe-to-toe. We wondered how those graphs would look in our neck of the woods. The results show the Bay Area’s economic inequality and its relationship with transit and urban form.

L.A. street quality grades

L.A. street quality grades

Posted 1 year ago
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Oakland’s Gun Problem: 11 Firearm Crimes a Day

In 2012 alone, 2,091 armed robberies and 783 shootings were reported.

Oakland’s Gun Problem: 11 Firearm Crimes a Day

In 2012 alone, 2,091 armed robberies and 783 shootings were reported.

Posted 1 year ago
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Potentially Earthquake-Unsafe Residential Buildings — a (Very Rough) List

San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection has kept a preliminary list of potentially dangerous “soft-story” buildings since 2009, but inspectors say it has not been verified by actual building inspections, and was never intended for public consumption. Some of the addresses the city generated might be wrong.

Potentially Earthquake-Unsafe Residential Buildings — a (Very Rough) List

San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection has kept a preliminary list of potentially dangerous soft-story” buildings since 2009, but inspectors say it has not been verified by actual building inspections, and was never intended for public consumption. Some of the addresses the city generated might be wrong.

Posted 1 year ago
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Los Angeles Fire Department response times

Ben Welsh, Robert Lopez, and Kate Linthicum for the Los Angeles Times analyzed more than a million runs by the Los Angeles Fire Department to estimate response times, based on where you live. The national standard is six minutes. The map shows average response times that are greater in red and those that are under in green (basically, anywhere there is a fire department).

Los Angeles Fire Department response times

Ben Welsh, Robert Lopez, and Kate Linthicum for the Los Angeles Times analyzed more than a million runs by the Los Angeles Fire Department to estimate response times, based on where you live. The national standard is six minutes. The map shows average response times that are greater in red and those that are under in green (basically, anywhere there is a fire department).

Posted 1 year ago
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Weingart Center Redesign

This was a competition to redesign the existing parking lot of the Weingart Center in downtown Los Angeles, into a new residential building for homeless veterans.  It had to house 150 people and include facilities for micro-social enterprise to transition the occupants to permanent housing and social independence.

Weingart Center Redesign

This was a competition to redesign the existing parking lot of the Weingart Center in downtown Los Angeles, into a new residential building for homeless veterans.  It had to house 150 people and include facilities for micro-social enterprise to transition the occupants to permanent housing and social independence.

Posted 1 year ago
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Composite Then and Now Photos of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

Since 2010, San Francisco photographer Shawn Clover has been working on a striking series of then and now composite photos of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake (part 1 & part 2). To create the series, Clover collected archival photos of the earthquake’s aftermath. He then replicated the photos himself, down to the location, camera position and focal length (to the best of his estimation). The resulting composite photos hauntingly combine stark images of the earthquake’s devastation with modern scenes of life in San Francisco.

Composite Then and Now Photos of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

Since 2010, San Francisco photographer Shawn Clover has been working on a striking series of then and now composite photos of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake (part 1 & part 2). To create the series, Clover collected archival photos of the earthquake’s aftermath. He then replicated the photos himself, down to the location, camera position and focal length (to the best of his estimation). The resulting composite photos hauntingly combine stark images of the earthquake’s devastation with modern scenes of life in San Francisco.

Posted 1 year ago
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californiawatch:
Mapping California’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters
Are there major industrial polluters in your area? Check out the California Air Resources Board’s new interactive map that lets you browse the locations and emissions of the largest industrial greenhouse gas emitters in the state. 
Read more from KQED’s Climate Watch here.

californiawatch:

Mapping California’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters

Are there major industrial polluters in your area? Check out the California Air Resources Board’s new interactive map that lets you browse the locations and emissions of the largest industrial greenhouse gas emitters in the state. 

Read more from KQED’s Climate Watch here.

Reblogged 1 year ago from californiawatch
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California primary

Under California’s new top-two primary system, a runoff will take place in November in all of the state’s congressional, Assembly and Senate districts. In some districts, the candidates will be from different political parties; in others, both candidates will be from the same party. The cartogram above shows each district as a square of equal size, because all districts have roughly the same population.

(via http://datahacker.tumblr.com/)

California primary

Under California’s new top-two primary system, a runoff will take place in November in all of the state’s congressional, Assembly and Senate districts. In some districts, the candidates will be from different political parties; in others, both candidates will be from the same party. The cartogram above shows each district as a square of equal size, because all districts have roughly the same population.

(via http://datahacker.tumblr.com/)

Posted 2 years ago
visualgraphic:

Bikes of San Francisco

visualgraphic:

Bikes of San Francisco

Reblogged 2 years ago from visualgraphc
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Great Kickstarter project (note: also a colleague related project)!
ArtAround SF Smartphone App: Find & Map Art

We are struck by how little we know about the beautiful art around us we pass by everyday and wanted to do something about it. The ArtAround project is about mapping the beautiful art in San Francisco, and, perhaps, change the way you understand and explore the city with a web and mobile application that lets you find, comment on, and share street and public art.

Great Kickstarter project (note: also a colleague related project)!

ArtAround SF Smartphone App: Find & Map Art

We are struck by how little we know about the beautiful art around us we pass by everyday and wanted to do something about it. The ArtAround project is about mapping the beautiful art in San Francisco, and, perhaps, change the way you understand and explore the city with a web and mobile application that lets you find, comment on, and share street and public art.

Posted 2 years ago
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losangeleseconomy:

Here is a look at how Greater Los Angeles Area residents, business owners, and students view their region’s economy.
Do you have an opinion about what really matters for California’s economic future? Vote now!

losangeleseconomy:

Here is a look at how Greater Los Angeles Area residents, business owners, and students view their region’s economy.

Do you have an opinion about what really matters for California’s economic future? Vote now!

Reblogged 2 years ago from latimes
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tactiletexture:

U.S. Steepest Streets.
Not totally accurate… The street above one of my favorite bars; 15 Romolo is 40%! http://www.datapointed.net/2010/02/more-steeps-of-san-francisco/

tactiletexture:

U.S. Steepest Streets.

Not totally accurate… The street above one of my favorite bars; 15 Romolo is 40%! http://www.datapointed.net/2010/02/more-steeps-of-san-francisco/

Reblogged 2 years ago from tactiletexture
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